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July 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Microsoft’s Ballmer: We’re gunning for Apple

Google was yesterday’s biggest foe for Microsoft. Now it’s Apple. In an interview with trade publication CRN at the company’s partner conference in Toronto, Steve Ballmer made it absolutely clear that Microsoft is now gunning for Apple. Just in case there were any lingering doubts, after Microsoft revealed its first tablet computers. “We are trying to…


Comments | Topics: aapl, apple, ballmer

March 24, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Ford ships 2 millionth car with Microsoft Sync

Ford announced today that it reached a new milestone with the Sync voice-control and entertainment system built on Microsoft’s automotive platform, shipping the system on its 2 millionth vehicle. It took Ford about two years to reach the millionth Sync vehicle – a Fusion Hybrid that Ford CEO Alan Mulally personally delivered to his pal…


Comments | Topics: ballmer, ford, Gadgets & products

September 18, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Microsoft discloses exec salaries, sort of

Microsoft just issued its proxy, inviting shareholders to its annual meeting in November and disclosing what it’s been paying top executives. But shareholders aren’t getting the full story yet. The proxy only lists the base salaries and stock awards, not the cash bonuses based on performance. Where the bonuses should be listed the report says “TBD”…


Comments | Topics: ballmer, Billionaire techies, Microsoft

July 30, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Microsoft slip? Return on Yahoo deal, costs revealed in confidential slide

A particularly interesting slide was released at Microsoft’s analyst meeting. It included “context” about the Yahoo deal and was marked “not for disclosure.”

In other words, the slide had the secret internal analysis of what the Yahoo deal means to Microsoft, including details that weren’t revealed in yesterday’s announcement or today’s presentation to analysts.

It was included in the slide deck briefly available for download from Microsoft’s investor site but wasn’t shown during Steve Ballmer’s speech.

Among the details:

“Net: We will lose money the first two years ($300m total) then start making a decent return ($400m steady state).”

Microsoft also expects total transition costs of the deal to be $600 million to $700 million (“up to $200m could hit us in 2010”), according to the slide.


Comments | Topics: ballmer, Google, Microsoft

July 30, 2009 at 8:42 AM

Microsoft analyst meeting: Ballmer said “nobody gets” Yahoo deal

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer started Microsoft’s 2009 analyst meeting with a few hardballs. He said Microsoft has stumbled on its mobile phone effort, but it’s going to continue with a “software only” strategy that’s the right way “to get 50, 60 percent market share.” Ballmer said early confusion about netbooks and mobile Internet devices has passed…


Comments | Topics: ballmer, Microsoft, netbooks

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