Microsoft http://www.kplu.org en Analyst: Microsoft CEO 'Seizing The Moment' Restructuring For Mobile World http://www.kplu.org/post/analyst-microsoft-ceo-seizing-moment-restructuring-mobile-world <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159293956&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>More than 1,300 Microsoft employees in the Puget Sound region got their pink slips Thursday as part of announced cuts to the worldwide workforce that could total 18,000 by the end of the year — the biggest in the company’s history.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17796 at http://www.kplu.org Analyst: Microsoft CEO 'Seizing The Moment' Restructuring For Mobile World Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs; 1,351 In Puget Sound Area http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-cut-18000-jobs-1351-puget-sound-area <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159118241&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><p>Microsoft says it will cut up to 18,000 jobs in what observers are calling the company's largest layoff ever. The news came in <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/jul14/07-17announcement1.aspx">an e-mail from CEO Satya Nadella.</a></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:22:02 +0000 Ed Ronco & The Associated Press 17768 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs; 1,351 In Puget Sound Area What New CEO Satya Nadella's Microsoft Might Look Like http://www.kplu.org/post/what-new-ceo-satya-nadellas-microsoft-might-look <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span><a href="http://www.stratnews.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Strategic News Service</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> publisher Mark Anderson made his </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/exciting-new-year-technology" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">predictions for 2014</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, he included a “new Microsoft that no one expected.”</span></p><p>With the promotion of Satya Nadella to CEO and Bill Gates as technology advisor, Mark says his prediction is about halfway to fruition.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 13479 at http://www.kplu.org What New CEO Satya Nadella's Microsoft Might Look Like What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft http://www.kplu.org/post/what-bill-gates-new-role-could-mean-microsoft Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is stepping down as chairman of its board and into a new role, which the company is calling "technology adviser." The change comes as a new CEO — Satya Nadella — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/04/271407768/microsoft-picks-insider-nadella-as-ceo-gates-takes-new-role">takes the helm</a>. Gates says he will actually be spending a little more time at Microsoft. Microsoft watchers say if he manages his new role well, it will be good for the company.<p>Gates is certainly the visionary who turned Microsoft into a software juggernaut. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:21:49 +0000 Laura Sydell 13287 at http://www.kplu.org What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft 8 Things Worth Knowing About Microsoft's New CEO, Satya Nadella http://www.kplu.org/post/8-things-worth-knowing-about-microsofts-new-ceo-satya-nadella While it's never been considered a "cool" company, Microsoft is still a force — worth $300 billion, and Windows operating systems still run on a big chunk of the world's computers. While the profile of founder and former CEO Bill Gates still looms large, outgoing leader Steve Ballmer took the reins in 2000. And Tuesday, the board chose an internal candidate — 46-year-old Indian-American engineer Satya Nadella — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/04/271407768/microsoft-picks-insider-nadella-as-ceo-gates-takes-new-role">to head the company</a>. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:42:54 +0000 Elise Hu 13200 at http://www.kplu.org 8 Things Worth Knowing About Microsoft's New CEO, Satya Nadella Longtime Microsoft Executive Satya Nadella Likely To Become Software Giant’s Next CEO http://www.kplu.org/post/longtime-microsoft-executive-satya-nadella-likely-become-software-giant-s-next-ceo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Multiple news reports say Microsoft is likely to choose company veteran </span>Satya<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Nadella<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;its next CEO, ending a very public search that’s taken almost half a year.&nbsp;</span></p><p>A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to confirm the reports, but if Nadella does take the reins from Steve Ballmer, he’ll become only the third CEO in the company’s 39-year history.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:26:28 +0000 Ashley Gross 13107 at http://www.kplu.org Reports: Insider Satya Nadella Likely To Be Microsoft's CEO http://www.kplu.org/post/reports-insider-satya-nadella-likely-be-microsofts-ceo The nearly six-month-long search for Microsoft's next CEO is nearing an end, and news reports indicate it's likely the technology giant will turn to <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/exec/nadella/default.aspx" target="_blank">Satya Nadella</a>, executive vice president of its Cloud and Enterprise group, to lead the company.<p>Widely followed tech writer Kara Swisher <a href="http://recode.net/2014/01/30/now-at-160-days-microsoft-ceo-search-could-be-nearing-its-end-with-insiders-on-inside-track-but-will-an-outsider-still-emerge/" target="_blank">posted on the Re/code news site</a> Th Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:19:31 +0000 Mark Memmott 13088 at http://www.kplu.org Reports: Insider Satya Nadella Likely To Be Microsoft's CEO Microsoft Earnings And Revenue Climb, Still No CEO Announcement http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-earnings-and-revenue-climb-still-no-ceo-announcement <p>In the face of a steadily declining market for personal computers, Microsoft succeeded in boosting both revenue and profit in the most recent quarter, coming in ahead of analyst estimates.&nbsp;</p><p>Sales climbed 14 percent to $24.5 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31, and net income rose 2.8 percent to $6.6 billion, or 78 cents a share. The consensus estimate of analysts was 69 cents a share, according to Bloomberg.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:39:51 +0000 Ashley Gross 12826 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft Earnings And Revenue Climb, Still No CEO Announcement Ford CEO Mulally Not Leaving For Microsoft http://www.kplu.org/post/ford-ceo-mulally-not-leaving-microsoft <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Ford CEO Alan Mulally says he will not leave the automaker for Microsoft and will stay at Ford at least through 2014.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Mulally is widely credited with saving Ford after being hired away from Boeing in 2006. But in recent months there have been numerous reports that he was in the running for the top job at Microsoft, where CEO Steve Ballmer has said he plans to leave the company sometime this year.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:00:47 +0000 The Associated Press 12364 at http://www.kplu.org Ford CEO Mulally Not Leaving For Microsoft Gates Chokes Up at Ballmer's Shareholder Goodbye http://www.kplu.org/post/gates-chokes-ballmers-shareholder-goodbye <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates choked up while reading from prepared remarks during Steve Ballmer's final shareholders meeting as chief executive.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The co-founder of the software giant said progress was being made to find Ballmer's replacement and he thanked him for serving as CEO for the last 13 years. Only Gates and Ballmer have led Microsoft Corp. since its founding 38 years ago.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Ballmer announced in August that he’ll step down within the year.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:24:17 +0000 The Associated Press 11151 at http://www.kplu.org Gates Chokes Up at Ballmer's Shareholder Goodbye Microsoft Board Member Faces Scrutiny http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-board-member-faces-scrutiny <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Microsoft holds its annual meeting Nov. 19, shareholders will finish voting for the company’s&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/exec/bod.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">board of directors</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Usually it’s a straightforward affair, but this time, the candidacy of </span><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/bod/thompson/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">John W. Thompson</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be closely examined.</span></p><p>Recently, a company that advises major shareholders on corporate governance urged shareholders to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/29/us-microsoft-board-idUSBRE99R12U20131029" target="_blank">vote against Thompson</a>.</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 10982 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft Board Member Faces Scrutiny Ballmer Gets Less than 'A' Grade in Compensation http://www.kplu.org/post/ballmer-gets-less-grade-compensation <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Microsoft CEO Steve </span>Ballmer<span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;"> was awarded 79 percent of his target bonus for the year through June as the software giant cited falling profits for its Windows division and sluggish sales of the Surface tablet.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:15:03 +0000 The Associated Press 10265 at http://www.kplu.org Ballmer Gets Less than 'A' Grade in Compensation Microsoft at a Crossroads http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-crossroads <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Microsoft CEO Steve </span>Ballmer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/aug13/08-23announcementpr.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">will retire</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sometime in the next 12 months, and there’s plenty of speculation about who will succeed him.</span></p><p>But <a href="http://www.stratnews.com/" target="_blank">Strategic News Service </a>publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson says there are more important issues at stake.</p><p>Before making that new hire, Mark says Microsoft needs to do two things: refocus its brand, and restructure its top level of management.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 10088 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft at a Crossroads Developers: Microsoft Should Sell Windows Phones to Businesses http://www.kplu.org/post/developers-microsoft-should-sell-windows-phones-businesses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Microsoft’s plan to buy Nokia’s </span>cellphone<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> business shows the company is serious about competing in the smartphone world.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But developers of smartphone apps say Microsoft should focus on getting businesses to buy Windows Phones for their employees.</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 23:27:44 +0000 Ashley Gross 9867 at http://www.kplu.org Developers: Microsoft Should Sell Windows Phones to Businesses Microsoft Buying Nokia's Devices and Services Unit http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-buying-nokias-devices-and-services-unit <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Microsoft says it is buying Nokia's devices and services business, and getting access to the company's patents, for a total of 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) in an effort to expand its share of the smartphone market.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 04:40:16 +0000 The Associated Press 9856 at http://www.kplu.org