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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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December 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Bill Gates buys resort near Puerto Vallarta for $200 million [updated]

Looks like the Gates family might have a new vacation home. Or, at least, a nice investment.

Cascade Investment, Bill Gates’ private investment arm, is purchasing the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and an adjacent 48-acre parcel of development land for $200 million in cash, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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November 20, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Ballmer was re-elected to Microsoft’s board with 91 percent yes votes

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.

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November 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Seattle-based Artefact designs concept model for Bill Gates wishlist item

The Juice Box concept model. (Photo from Artefact)

The Juice Box concept model. (Photo from Artefact)

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.

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