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Ballmer not worried about competition from Google, downplays Dropbox

Ballmer not worried about competition from Google, downplays Dropbox

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer isn't afraid to speak his mind when it comes to competition, and that's exactly what he did just recently speaking about Google and Dropbox. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Ballmer discussed the company's new Office 2013 suite, as well as its SkyDrive cloud storage service, and said that he's confident that Microsoft's new Office products will gain a lot of users, despite competition from Google's own set of office suite products.

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Former Microsoft executive’s upcoming book lambasts CEO Steve Ballmer

Former Microsoft executive’s upcoming book lambasts CEO Steve Ballmer

Joachim Kempin, former Microsoft executive, has penned a less-than-favorable book about the company and its current CEO, Steve Ballmer, who takes some flack from the author. According to Kempin, Ballmer ensures his position as top dog by bumping possible rivals out of the running. In order to pull out of its rut, says the author, Microsoft must make a change in management.

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Microsoft research lead Craig Mundie announces 2014 retirement

Microsoft research lead Craig Mundie announces 2014 retirement

We're learning that Microsoft will soon be losing another of its key players, as Research lead Craig Mundie has announced that he will retire from the company in 2014. Before he does that, though, he'll be stepping down from his current position at Microsoft to become an adviser to CEO Steve Ballmer. Previously, he served as the boss of Microsoft's R&D department and lead the charge for the company's security program.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 28, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone, just two more work days to go and then we're at the weekend again. Today we found out that new Nexus 4 orders won't ship for another 4-5 weeks, and that's if you're ordering the 16GB model - those who order the 8GB model might be waiting as long as two months. Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer said that Windows Phone sales these days are four times greater than they were in autumn 2011, which is definitely a good sign, while we learned that RIM has lost a big patent case against Nokia in Sweden.

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Ballmer: Windows Phone sales “four times” greater than Autumn 2011

Ballmer: Windows Phone sales “four times” greater than Autumn 2011

It would appear that the Windows Phone universe is growing at a rate that's at least a little pleasing to the head of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, as he speaks this week at a shareholder meeting. This meeting was held at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington, with the vast majority of its listeners and speakers signing in remotely - as is the common practice for these types of meetings, for those of you unfamiliar. Thus far the response to Steve Ballmer's comment on Windows Phone selling "four times the rate" it was last year appears to be: without Y, we cannot have X.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 15, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 15, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. Today Microsoft's former Windows head Steven Sinofsky discussed his recent and surprising departure from the company, but didn't go into too many specifics when it came down to why he actually left. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 started shipping ahead of schedule today, while new reports are suggesting that Apple may delay the new iMac into 2013. NASA was the victim of a major security breach recently, and today it said that it will make sure all of its laptops are equipped with full disk encryption by the end of the year as a result.

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Windows 8 adoption percentage clobbered by OS X Mountain Lion

Windows 8 adoption percentage clobbered by OS X Mountain Lion

This week Microsoft's own CEO Steve Ballmer stepped on stage at Build 2012 and let it be known that they'd sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in the three days it'd been on the market. Compared to what Apple has asserted with their install base for their own desktop operating system OS X Mountain Lion, this number might not seem quite so impressive - by percentage of installed base, that is. If you consider how many installs of Mac there were compared to how many people upgraded to Mountain Lion against the number of installs of Windows there were compared to how many upgrades there were to Windows 8, the difference is staggering.

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Steve Ballmer hypes massive Windows 8 launch numbers at Build 2012

Steve Ballmer hypes massive Windows 8 launch numbers at Build 2012

Steve Ballmer announced first of all today at Build 2012 that they'd sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in the three days since it's been launched. It's no small number, of course, and for the developers seeing this system for the first time here in its final form at the developer conference we're experiencing here this week, it's nothing but great! Laptop sales are up 20% over forecasts, said Ballmer, and by the words of Ballmer, it would appear that Microsoft is doing better than they expected they would - imagine that!

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Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: the Surface is what people really want

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: the Surface is what people really want

After the announcement of Microsoft's Surface tablet last week, company CEO Steve Ballmer spoke about the competition and what the Surface brings to the table for potential tablet buyers. Despite Apple selling over 100 million iPads, the Kindle Fire HD being Amazon's best-selling product ever, and the Nexus 7 being UK's best-selling tablet, Ballmer says these tablets aren't what people truly want.

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