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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. Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division. (Photo from Microsoft) The…

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January 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Gates says — again — he’s not returning to run Microsoft

[do action=”custom_iframe” url=”http://www.bloomberg.com/video/embed/SyYP_toSR3agx3UozblNWw?” width=”630″ height=”395″ scrolling=””/] Some may still hold out hope that Bill Gates will return to lead the company he co-founded but Gates himself reiterated, once again, that he has no plans to do so. In an interview today with Bloomberg Television, Gates said: “My full-time work will be the foundation for the rest…

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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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November 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Gates speaks on CEO search and gets a wee bit emotional at Ballmer’s last shareholders meeting

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.

Steve Ballmer speaks at Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting held at Meydenbauer Center.

Steve Ballmer speaks at Microsoft’s 2013 shareholders meeting held at Meydenbauer Center. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

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October 1, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Report: Some top Microsoft investors want Bill Gates off the board [updated]

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (photo from Microsoft)

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (photo from Microsoft)

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.”

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