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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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December 5, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Report: Ford director says Alan Mulally staying through end of 2014

Well, this might throw a wrench into widespread speculation that Ford CEO Alan Mulally will be named Microsoft CEO shortly.

Edsel Ford II, a Ford company director, told Bloomberg News that “Alan is staying through the end of 2014 and that’s all I know” and that Mulally had “told us that his plan is to stay with Ford through the end of 2014.”


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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 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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