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Ballmer, Gates no longer pals; blame Nokia, Vista

Ballmer, Gates no longer pals; blame Nokia, Vista

It seems the Nokia deal former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pulled off right before leaving the company had a strong ripple effect. Not only is Microsoft feeling the squeeze to produce great handsets and carry on Nokia’s legacy, but a friendship was ruined in the process. Ballmer and Bill Gates are apparently on the outs, and are no longer on speaking terms with one another. The reason for the former besties not talking to one another is that Nokia buy, and Ballmer’s actions shortly after.

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Ballmer steps down at Microsoft, still owns $15BN in stock

Ballmer steps down at Microsoft, still owns $15BN in stock

In an industry change-up it would have been difficult for anyone for foresee, the former CEO of Microsoft has officially switched gears to basketball. While it was revealed earlier this year that Steve Ballmer would be purchasing the LA Clippers, today he made the big change official: he’d also be stepping down from the board of directors at Microsoft.

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Steve Ballmer buys LA Clippers

Steve Ballmer buys LA Clippers

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has bought the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, its been confirmed, with the outspoken executive channeling his retirement time into a new hobby as team owner. Ballmer is believed to have beaten out several other bids, including one by David Geffen for $1.6bn.

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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’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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