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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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Microsoft CEO tipped: SVP of R&D Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO tipped: SVP of R&D Satya Nadella

This afternoon it's been tipped by sources apparently briefed on the process that Microsoft's next CEO has been chosen. The SVP of research and development for the company's online services division - aka the company's enterprise and cloud chief - Satya Nadella - is said to have been chosen to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of the company.

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Microsoft should consider Tony Bates for CEO: Silicon Valley

Microsoft should consider Tony Bates for CEO: Silicon Valley

A report on AllThingsD this weekend made a case for Tony Bates to take outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's title. Bates is currently the EVP of business development, strategy and evangelism at Microsoft and formerly oversaw the Skype division (Microsoft took over Skype in 2011.) It would appear at least a dozen Silicon Valley "tech leaders" interviewed for the report feel Bates is the best choice for MS CEO.

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Steve Ballmer bids final farewell to stockholders

Steve Ballmer bids final farewell to stockholders

As exiting CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer steps down from his post as most electrifying man to present a product onstage, he also sends out a more solemn letter to the shareholders of the company. Here in the final 2013 Fiscal Year annual report, Ballmer makes the case for the change of Microsoft to a devices and services company as a wholly positive one. He suggests that a growth of revenue this year to $77.8 billion and a return of $12.3 billion to shareholders (up 6 and 15% respectively from the year before) means that Microsoft is fully on-track for the 2014 Fiscal season.

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