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November 20, 2013 at 4:02 PM
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who said he would be retiring within 12 months, is one the company’s nine board members who were reelected to those positions at the annual shareholders’ meeting yesterday.
He was, however, reelected with the lowest percentage of “yes” votes: 90.66 percent, according to a company filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
November 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates guest edited Wired magazine’s December issue. As part of that stint, he and the Wired editors developed ideas of four gadgets Gates wished existed in order to help the developing world.
Wired then selected four design shops to create concept models or prototypes of the ideas.
Among the design firms selected: Seattle-based Artefact, founded Gavin Kelly and Rob Girling, both former design managers at Microsoft.
November 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM
In a rather subdued, by-the-book Microsoft annual shareholders meeting today, two things stood out: Chairman Bill Gates took to the podium to speak and he choked up at the end, as he talked about this being Steve Ballmer’s last shareholders meeting as CEO of the company.
October 1, 2013 at 6:18 PM
Several of Microsoft’s top investors feel Microsoft co-founder and board chairman Bill Gates’ presence on the board is now a hindrance and are lobbying the board to push for Gates to step down as chairman, according to a Reuters report.
The report, which cites “people familiar with the matter,” says that three of Microsoft’s top 20 investors are lobbying for the ouster, believing that “Gates’ presence on the board effectively blocks the adoption of new strategies and would limit the power of a new chief executive to make substantial changes. In particular, they point to Gates’ role on the special committee searching for Ballmer’s successor. They are also worried that Gates – who spends most of his time on his philanthropic foundation – wields power out of proportion to his declining shareholding.”
July 15, 2013 at 8:56 AM
Microsoft Chairman and Co-founder Bill Gates returned to the company this morning to talk about everything from the value of free software to social media to how computing can help solve global problems.
He spoke at Microsoft Research’s 14th annual Faculty Summit — the first time he’s spoken at this event. The summit is a chance for Microsoft’s advanced researchers, employed in labs around the world, to gather and to demonstrate their work, as well as for academics from outside the company to learn about that research and to talk with company leaders.
February 19, 2013 at 6:15 AM
In an interview with Charlie Rose for “CBS This Morning,” Microsoft chairman and co-founder Bill Gates talked about the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation but he also offered some thoughts on whether he’s happy with CEO Steve Ballmer
When asked if he was happy with Ballmer’s performance, Gates said: “Well, he and I are two of the most self-critical people — you can imagine. There were a lot of amazing things that Steve’s leadership got done with the company last year: Windows 8 is key to the future, the Surface computer, Bing — people have seen is a better search product, Xbox. Is it enough? No. He and I are not satisfied that, in terms of breakthrough things, that we’re doing everything possible.”
Rose then asked: “Every time you see an article about Microsoft, it’s not so much about the success of Surface or Bing… It is about what happened at Microsoft or five things you ought to do to Microsoft. When you see these things, what do you think?
Gates replied, laughing: “We appreciate the advice.”
Gates also admitted that there are things like cell phones where Microsoft didn’t get out with an early lead. When asked why or if it was just something that the company missed, Gates said: “That’s too complicated. We didn’t miss cell phones. But the way that we went about it didn’t allow us to get the leadership. It’s clearly a mistake.”