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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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January 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Report: Vestberg says he’s committed to Ericsson, has no plans to be Microsoft CEO

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg reportedly told his board of directors today that he is committed to the company and has no plans to leave to become Microsoft’s CEO, according to a Bloomberg report. Today’s report follows an earlier report saying that Vestberg was among the candidates Microsoft’s board was considering to succeed CEO Steve…

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January 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Mulally staying at Ford, not coming to Microsoft

Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who for a while there seemed to be the candidate to beat to become Microsoft’s next CEO, said today that he is not coming to Microsoft and that he will be staying at Ford at least through 2014.

That’s according to The Associated Press, which reported that in an interview with Mulally, the Ford CEO had said he wanted to end the Microsoft speculation.

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December 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Report: Qualcomm’s COO now a contender for Microsoft CEO job

[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.

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