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December 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM

New Microsoft on display at shareholders meeting

Microsoft’s changing of the guard held the spotlight at the company’s shareholders meeting on Wednesday. Chief Executive Satya Nadella and Chairman John Thompson oversaw a scripted affair touting the company’s progress in cloud computing, hopes for the Windows 10 operating system, and efforts to create a more inclusive company. Steve Ballmer, used to spending his time on stage during his 14 years…

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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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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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