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October 15, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Nadella apologizes for pay raise advice, says Microsoft will work on pay equity, diversity

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday apologized for remarks he had made last week at a women in computing conference, in which he said women needn’t ask for raises but to trust in the system to deliver the pay they deserve.

He called the feedback and comments he received “a humbling and learning experience.” He also said he was “100 percent committed to diversity and inclusion” at Microsoft, and that the company would be focusing immediately on equal pay for equal work, recruiting more diversity, and fostering a more inclusive culture.

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October 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Company cultures and attitudes can be barriers for women in tech

[This story ran in the print edition of the The Seattle Times Oct. 12, 2014.]

When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said last week that women needn’t ask for raises but should trust in the system to get the pay they deserved, a firestorm of reaction ignited around the issues of unequal pay for men and women and the gender gap in the technology industry.

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October 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Nadella tells women they don’t have to ask for raises, trust the system instead [UPDATED]

Update 6:12 p.m.: Nadella has issued an email to Microsoft employees in which he says that when he was asked for advice on pay raises, “I answered that question completely wrong.” His email is here.

From earlier:

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking Thursday at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing where thousands of women in tech gather each year, said women needn’t ask for raises but should trust in the system and good karma to get them the salaries they deserve.

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October 8, 2014 at 1:29 PM

On Gates and Ballmer’s “great romance” gone bad and the future of Microsoft under Nadella

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer didn’t feel “completely in charge” of Microsoft until Bill Gates left entirely in 2008. Ballmer felt deeply betrayed by Gates when Gates and the rest of Microsoft’s board initially told Ballmer they wouldn’t approve a Microsoft purchase of Nokia. Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had his top execs read something called “Nonviolent Communication.”

Those are some of the tidbits in an engrossing Vanity Fair article out now that looks at the breakdown of the relationship between Gates and Ballmer, some of their major missteps, and what the company is attempting to do now under Nadella.

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

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

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September 15, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Nadella talks ‘Minecraft,’ mobile and more at Seattle Chamber event

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made his big civic appearance debut Monday on the same day the company announced it was buying “Minecraft” maker Mojang for $2.5 billion — Nadella’s first major acquisition since he became CEO in February.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

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July 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Microsoft holds first global employees hackathon

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times July 30, 2014.]

On Microsoft’s Redmond campus Tuesday, a number of huge white tents lined the soccer field. Inside them, groups of employees, clustered at tables, sat working on their laptops and exchanging ideas.

It was all part of the company’s first global employee hackathon, an event in which thousands of employees from all different divisions of the company work on some 2,700 projects.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella cranks a siren to officially start a global employees hackathon in Redmond, part of oneweek, a weeklong series of events intended to inspire employees.  (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella cranks a siren to officially start a global employees hackathon in Redmond, part of oneweek, a weeklong series of events intended to inspire employees. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

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