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December 13, 2013 at 7:07 AM
Well, that was fast.
A day after reports surfaced that Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopf was one of several contenders being considered to become the next Microsoft CEO, Qualcomm announced that Mollenkopf would become its CEO in March.
December 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM
[Update Dec. 13, 2013: Mollenkopf as Microsoft CEO? Not so much. Qualcomm just announced that Mollenkopf will become its new CEO in March, succeeding current CEO Paul Jacobs.]
It really is like watching a horse race.
Just a few weeks ago, the race to become Microsoft CEO looked like it was Alan Mulally’s to lose. Now there are rumblings and reports about Microsoft’s board cooling on Mulally and turning to other candidates with more technical experience. And several sources are talking about the rise of some dark horse candidates. (more…)
December 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Since about 18 months ago, Microsoft has been pushing the message of “Cloud OS” — its name for its vision and strategy of providing infrastructure and platform services that span public, private and hosted/service-provider clouds.
December 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM
Microsoft has made much of its money over the years by charging manufacturers licensing fees for using Microsoft’s operating systems — whether Windows or Windows Phone — in the devices that they produce.
But that may change.
December 11, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Last week, Microsoft said Xbox One sales were breaking records and that the console was sold out at most retailers. But it didn’t provide a sales figure.
Now it has.
December 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM
Veteran Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley has a good interview in Fortune with retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other Microsoft execs in which they talk about Ballmer’s legacy.
December 10, 2013 at 6:17 PM
Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division and rumored shortlist candidate for Microsoft CEO, spoke today at the LeWeb conference for startups and Web entrepreneurs in Paris.
He addressed — or rather, sidestepped — a question about the CEO search, as well as talked about tech trends and shifts that he thinks will be guiding forces for Microsoft in the future.
December 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM
Microsoft and other organizations have disrupted the Sirefef botnet that had infected more than 2 million computers
The botnet, also known as ZeroAccess, targeted search results on Google, Bing and Yahoo and was used to commit crimes such as search hijacking and click fraud. It cost online advertisers about $2.7 million a month, Microsoft estimated.
December 5, 2013 at 8:11 AM
Well, this might throw a wrench into widespread speculation that Ford CEO Alan Mulally will be named Microsoft CEO shortly.
Edsel Ford II, a Ford company director, told Bloomberg News that “Alan is staying through the end of 2014 and that’s all I know” and that Mulally had “told us that his plan is to stay with Ford through the end of 2014.”
December 5, 2013 at 7:52 AM
Microsoft takes action to prevent governments using “technological brute force” to get customers’ data
Saying that governments must use the “legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data,” Microsoft announced it’s taking steps to protect its customers’ data from government snooping.
In doing so, Microsoft characterized the reported actions of some governments as a “persistent threat” akin to sophisticated malware and cyber attacks.