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Microsoft board refuses Ballmer roust

Microsoft board refuses Ballmer roust

Despite calls for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to be toppled, the company's board of directors are apparently standing behind the outspoken exec. According to a source close to the board talking to Reuters, the nine-strong directorial team - which includes ex-CEO and current chairman Bill Gates - all support Ballmer; earlier this week, notorious hedge fund manager David Einhorn led demands that Ballmer be replaced.

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Microsoft CEO must go demands influential investor

Microsoft CEO must go demands influential investor

An outspoken and influential hedge fund manager made waves at an investor conference yesterday by calling for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to step down. Suggesting Ballmer's "continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock," Greenlight Capital chief David Einhorn insisted it was time to "give someone else a chance" at the helm. The investor - whose fund currently holds approximately 9m Microsoft shares, or around 0.11-percent of the outstanding shares - blamed Ballmer for wasting time and money on poorly considered mergers and acquisitions, as well as short-sightedly mishandling the smartphone, PMP and tablet segments.

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Ballmer claims over 500 new features in Mango update for Windows Phone

Ballmer claims over 500 new features in Mango update for Windows Phone

There are a lot of people looking forward to the next iteration of Windows Phone codenamed Mango. The Mango update will officially be marketed as Windows Phone 7.5 and the preview of the OS is set for tomorrow as we reported in March. Ballmer has gone on record already as stating that there are over 500 new features in this version of Windows Phone. Nokia is also expected to use Mango on the first of its new Windows Phone 7 smartphones.

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Is Microsoft’s Zune on the way out?

Is Microsoft’s Zune on the way out?

With all the talk about Windows Phone 7 recently, many people are starting to wonder why Zune hasn't been mentioned at all. It seems logical that Zune software would be a part of a Windows phone, since Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of the Windows Phone Program Management said in 2010's keynote at Mobile World Congress “Every Windows Phone will be a Zune”. But now, nobody is talking about Zune. Is Microsoft getting ready to kill it off? Or are they just going to re-brand it?

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Xbox Isn’t a Gaming Console, Steve Ballmer Says

Xbox Isn’t a Gaming Console, Steve Ballmer Says

If you're a gamer, and you know other gamers, then you've probably had at least one conversation that focused on whether or not the Xbox 360 is better than the PlayStation 3, or vice versa. It's a heated debate, for sure, but if you've been talking about whether or not each of the consoles is a better gaming console, then Steve Ballmer can clear everything up for you rather quickly. In a recent interview, Ballmer opined that the Xbox 360 isn't, in fact, a gaming console at all. No, it's something much more.

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Intel Atom tablet appeal waning despite Ballmer’s push for Windows adoption

Intel Atom tablet appeal waning despite Ballmer’s push for Windows adoption

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may see a future where tablets running Windows are the status quo, but according to the latest talk from Taipei manufacturers are only considering Atom-based Windows slates to stay in favor with Intel.  DigiTimes' sources claim that despite Intel's aggressive promotion, notebook manufacturers are still looking to ARM-based tablets running Android rather an an Atom/Windows pairing; in fact, they've taken some persuading to even just create reference designs.

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Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer Could Face Mutiny in Nine Months

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer Could Face Mutiny in Nine Months

If you're a fan of Microsoft, you have your reasons. Whether or not Steve Ballmer, the tech giant's current CEO, has anything to do with that probably has a lot to do with personal opinion. Watching Steve Ballmer on stage brings a new sort of excitement that hasn't been seen in quite awhile, but unfortunately that's not where money comes from. And, if a new report from inside sources is any indicator, Ballmer's lack of creating anything new and exciting may be coming around to bite him where it counts.

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Ballmer: ASUS, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony Windows 7 tablets are coming

Ballmer: ASUS, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony Windows 7 tablets are coming

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed that ASUS, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony will all be launching Windows 7 based slate form-factor tablets this year.  Speaking at the Worldwide Partner Conference today, Ballmer declined to mention specific models or specifications, but did say that various form-factors and functionality would be on offer, including slates with keyboards, touchscreen-only models, some dockable and others able to handle digital ink.

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