Steve Ballmer

Bill Gates meets several ‘CEO candidates’ to replace Ballmer

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates has confirmed that he met with several `CEO candidates' to replace the software giant's outgoing chief executive Steve Ballmer.

Speaking at Microsoft's recently held annual shareholder meeting in Bellevue, Washington, Mr. Gates said he and the company's other directors met with "a lot of CEO candidates," but he did not name any candidates. He said that he would not give a strict timeline for a decision.

He thanked outgoing Ballmer and assured shareholders that they both remained committed to find the right person to run the company.

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Steve Ballmer: Windows 8 OS and Surface creating “seam” between software and hardware

During the course of a Wednesday meeting at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that a "seam" has been created between software and hardware with the amalgamation between the company's latest Windows 8 OS and its own branded Surface tablet.

About the company's strategy pertaining to the creation of the Surface tablet and the new Windows 8 OS version powering the device, Ballmer said that the mentioned strategic move underscored a decision which Microsoft should have taken much earlier.

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Microsoft clarifies Ballmer's claims of massive Windows 8 adoption

According to Microsoft, as well as in the opinion of analysts, the earlier-this-week reports about the company's CEO Steve Ballmer predicting unprecedented sales of the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system were incorrect on several counts.

However, while its has been clarified by Microsoft that Ballmer was either misunderstood or was misquoted in the reports, analysts fell that even if the `500 million' figure projected by Ballmer was more or less correct, the numbers hardly conveyed anything about the success of the OS upgrade.

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Microsoft's Windows propels pleasant Q3 surprise

Reporting surprisingly strong results for the January-March quarter, Microsoft revealed on Thursday that it had witnessed a 4 percent increase – to $4.6 billion – in its revenue at Microsoft's Windows division, as compared to the same quarter last year figures.

With the reported results marking only the second time in the last six quarters that Microsoft’s Windows unit has registered a year-over-year gain, the company attributed the robust quarterly profit to the fact that an increased number of businesses had bought licenses for Windows 7.

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New MS365 for small businesses

For allowing even the small businesses to be able to use the services of cloud computing, Microsoft has come up with Office 365. This is an office productivity suit which is based on cloud computing. The declaration of the same was done by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft.

The service is going to be completely online and is going to bring together Office to become collaboration and communications software. Main aim of the same will be to work specifically for the small and medium enterprises and is going to help them in competing with the larger players.

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