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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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March 27, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Microsoft announces Office for iPad

Microsoft on Thursday launched Office for iPad, its suite of productivity apps that have been optimized for touch and for use on Apple’s market-dominating tablet.

The company announced that Office for iPad – specifically apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint – is going live at 11 a.m. today in Apple’s App Store.

Office for iPad (Photo from Microsoft)

Office for iPad (Photo from Microsoft)

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March 26, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Microsoft expected to announce Office for iPad tomorrow

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is holding his first press event tomorrow during which he’s expected to announce a suite of Office applications for the iPad.

The press conference, which is being held in San Francisco, will also be webcast here starting at 10 a.m. I will be following the webcast and will blog about it here and on Twitter at @janettu.

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March 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Report: Nadella initially against Microsoft acquiring Nokia’s phone business

Newly appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, along with Bill Gates, were among those initially opposed to former CEO Steve Ballmer’s proposal to acquire Nokia’s handset business, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report today looking behind the scenes at what led to the eventual $7.2 billion acquisition.

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March 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Here’s Satya Nadella’s email on the leadership shuffle

[Update: Here's the story, running in the print edition of The Seattle Times March 4, 2014, on the leadership changes.]

From earlier:

Microsoft has shared an internal email sent by newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella on the leadership shuffle reported on earlier, in which Mark Penn becomes chief strategist at Microsoft and execs Tony Bates and Tami Reller are out.

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March 3, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Qi Lu talks Satya Nadella, Office on iPad at Morgan Stanley conference

Qi Lu, executive vice president of Microsoft's Applications and Services division. (Photo from Microsoft)

Qi Lu, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Applications and Services division. (Photo from Microsoft)

Qi Lu, head of Microsoft’s Applications and Services division (Office, Bing, Skype, etc),  is speaking this morning at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. (A webcast of the Q&A is being streamed here.)

When asked about his impressions of new CEO Satya Nadella, Lu said that he’s had the opportunity to work with Nadella closely in a number of capacities. (We hear he was Nadella’s mentor for a time.)

“I hold very, very high regard for Satya,” Lu said. “Satya has already hit the ground running, driving a lot of focus forward.”

Lu said Nadella was driving clarity, focusing the “devices and services” strategy already in place at Microsoft on “high value services.”

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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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