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Microsoft CEO doubted Nokia deal in screaming Ballmer board meeting

Microsoft CEO doubted Nokia deal in screaming Ballmer board meeting

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella originally opposed the company's acquisition of Nokia's device business, it's reported, with claims of a ferocious board meeting that saw then-CEO Steve Ballmer shouting at the leadership team over their deal doubts. The outspoken exec, Microsoft's second CEO in the company's history, supposedly signed his fate, with his shouting - apparently audible outside of the closed conference room - getting him the necessary support to go ahead with the Nokia purchase, but also the final stroke in undermining the board's confidence in him.

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Microsoft CEO confirms exec shuffle as two demur on “all in” change

Microsoft CEO confirms exec shuffle as two demur on “all in” change

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed the latest executive shuffle, suggesting that he demanded his senior leadership team commit to being "all in" and that some execs were unwilling to step up. "We need to drive clarity, alignment and intensity across all our work" Nadella wrote in an open-letter today, with Tony Bates and Tami Reller opting to leave Microsoft instead.

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Bill Gates AMA wrap-up: using a Surface 2 PRO, Bitcoin, Microsoft’s CEO

Bill Gates AMA wrap-up: using a Surface 2 PRO, Bitcoin, Microsoft’s CEO

This morning Microsoft founder Bill Gates answered questions from users from around the world in his second "AMA" session on Reddit. It was there that he confirmed oddities small and answered questions large, building off his pre-made "myths" video released today as well. One of the first - and perhaps smallest - factoids confirmed by Gates was that the device he uses regularly is a Microsoft Surface 2 PRO.

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Will new Microsoft CEO Nadella sell the Xbox division?

Will new Microsoft CEO Nadella sell the Xbox division?

Here's a question for you: will Satya Nadella, Microsoft's newly appointed chief executive, sell the Xbox division?

There have been some rumblings in the past that Microsoft could sell the Xbox division, but it's not been clear which companies would actually want to own the business. It also might make it a harder sell, since the company recently acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise, and has continued to say that the Halo franchise will be an important part of its gaming strategy over the next several years.

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Microsoft’s backseat drivers scared off outside CEO candidates

Microsoft’s backseat drivers scared off outside CEO candidates

Several potential candidates for Microsoft CEO bowed out over concerns about how vocal and intrusive Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer would be, sources close to the selection process say, with final selection Satya Nadella supposedly clinching the deal in part because of how close he wanted Gates to be, not how distant. That Microsoft had only had, until this week, two chief executives in its history - both of whom had notoriously strong personalities - had supposedly dissuaded possible external candidates like Ford CEO Alan Mulally.

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Meet Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s anti-Ballmer

Meet Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s anti-Ballmer

Satya Nadella wears hoodies. He understands the rules of cricket. More importantly, the newly-named Microsoft CEO understands hardware, something Steve Ballmer has struggled to convince the company, its board and investors, and indeed its OEM partners and customers, that he does over the course of his tenure. "I want us to be able to take our focus and innovation forward" Nadella said of his aims at the company where he's already spent 22 of his 46 years.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Gates, Ballmer, Thompson sound off

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Gates, Ballmer, Thompson sound off

This week Microsoft welcomes in their newest CEO: Satya Nadella, and with him come the congratulations and assurances of the biggest names in the company, particularly the two former CEOs. Nadella was the head of the cloud movement inside Microsoft and, as such, is supported by Bill Gates as an innovator that doesn't just deserve to be CEO, but is the clear choice to lead the company into the future. Ballmer, meanwhile, suggests that Nadella is a "proven leader" and has both the technical skills and the business insight needed to move forward.

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Microsoft CEO named: Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO named: Satya Nadella

This morning Microsoft named their next CEO: 22-year Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella. Nadella was until this appointment the company's online services devision SVP of research and development - the company's enterprise and cloud chief. Here he'll take on the mantel only held by two other people in history: Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates.

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