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Microsoft investors reportedly push board to consider Ford CEO as possible Ballmer replacement

Microsoft investors reportedly push board to consider Ford CEO as possible Ballmer replacement

The hunt for a replacement to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is on, and with it have come many possible candidates, including Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, as we noted earlier this month. According to sources who spoke with Reuters, some of Microsoft's investors are leaning a different direction, saying they want a "turnaround expert" while citing a couple of individuals they want added to the candidate pool.

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Microsoft’s Ballmer retirement more pushed than planned say sources

Microsoft’s Ballmer retirement more pushed than planned say sources

Steve Ballmer's surprise announcement that the Microsoft CEO would retire within twelve months came after significant internal pressure to step down, sources suggest, despite the chief execs own insistence to the contrary. The unexpected news gave Microsoft stock a jolt last week and set rumor-mongers whispering, but according to AllThingsD's research from unnamed sources inside the company, the decision is seen as the result of a push rather than Ballmer opting to step down voluntarily.

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Steve Ballmer retirement gives Microsoft stock a jolt

Steve Ballmer retirement gives Microsoft stock a jolt

This morning it was announced that Steve Ballmer would be stepping down as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 month period - MSFT was sent soaring up 7% in trading immediately following this news blast. While the stock still sits closer to 35 than it does to its recent high back in June (and again in July) with nearly 36, there's still a lot to be said for a company that's sitting at less than half the market capitalization it had back when Ballmer began his tenure as CEO.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces retirement inside a year

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces retirement inside a year

This morning Microsoft has made an announcement suggesting CEO Steve Ballmer will be stepping down within the next 12 months. Saying that there's "never a perfect time for this type of transition", Ballmer made clear that this was his intention all along, and that the company needs "a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction." This "new direction" he speaks of refers to the company "transforming" into a devices and services company rather than strictly a software company, this change-over being made with devices like the Microsoft Surface tablets and the variety of services included with Windows 8.

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Windows and Windows Phone merge tipped as peak of big Ballmer shake-up

Windows and Windows Phone merge tipped as peak of big Ballmer shake-up

Microsoft could pull together its Windows and Windows Phone divisions into a single, unified team as part of the upcoming "major" reorganization, it's suggested, better emphasizing the connections between the company's PC and smartphone offerings. Chatter of a significant juggling in Microsoft's various divisions began earlier this month, with CEO Steve Ballmer said to be planning considerable changes to how it was organized as it positions itself as "a devices and services company." That, it's claimed now, includes breaking down the walls between the Windows and Windows phone teams.

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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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