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June 17, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Bill and Melinda Gates urge Stanford graduates to exercise optimism and empathy in solving world problems

While former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s commencement address at the University of Washington last Saturday generated some local coverage, it’s worth noting that Ballmer’s predecessor as Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates — along with his wife, Melinda Gates — gave a commencement speech that same weekend, some 800 miles to the south at Stanford University.

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February 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Employees cheer new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Only a scant few hours after Microsoft announced it was appointing longtime company executive Satya Nadella as the company’s third CEO, a standing-room-only crowd of employees cheered him on at a rally on the Microsoft campus.

Bill Gates, Satya Nadella and Steve Ballmer speak to employees at a company rally where Nadella was introduced at Microsoft's new CEO.  (Photo from Microsoft)

Bill Gates, Satya Nadella and Steve Ballmer speak to employees at a company rally where Nadella was introduced as Microsoft’s new CEO. (Photo from Microsoft)

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February 4, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Satya Nadella named new Microsoft CEO; Bill Gates steps down as chairman

Microsoft has made it official, announcing today that Satya Nadella will be the company’s new CEO, effective immediately. Nadella will also join Microsoft’s board.

Bill Gates will step down as chairman of the board to assume the title of founder and technology adviser, which Microsoft said will allow him to devote more time to the company supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. Gates remains a board member.

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January 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Gates to step down as chairman in exchange for spending more time at company?

Following on yesterday’s report, from Bloomberg, that Microsoft’s board was preparing to name Satya Nadella as CEO and that it was discussing replacing Bill Gates as chairman, comes this interesting analysis today from Re/code’s Kara Swisher on why Gates might be willing to step down from the chairmanship. Among the reasons she cites: Perhaps Gates will…

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January 30, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Report: Microsoft said to be almost ready to name Satya Nadella as new CEO

Satya Nadella, who currently heads Microsoft’s division providing infrastructure, tools and services to corporations and IT departments, will reportedly be named new Microsoft CEO, according to a report today from Bloomberg, which said the board is preparing to make that move. The report also says the board is considering replacing Bill Gates as Microsoft chairman…

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