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Mar 3, 2014

Microsoft makes pollster Penn head of strategy, exact role unclear

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Monday put pugnacious pollster and political adviser Mark Penn in charge of strategy but left company watchers uncertain what exactly his new role will entail.

In the newly created job of chief strategy officer, Penn’s “blend of data analysis and creativity” will be applied across new product areas and strategic investments, not just marketing, new Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella told employees in a memo.

Feb 5, 2014

Microsoft hopes new, old leaders can rekindle magic

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is betting a mix of old and young blood will revive the aging technology pioneer, but new Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella may find it tough to push change with co-founder Bill Gates and former CEO Steve Ballmer breathing down his neck.

The 46-year-old India native and former enterprise business chief takes on the monumental task of exploring new directions – but with Gates as his consigliere, and on a strategy that Ballmer orchestrated with the board.

Feb 4, 2014

Microsoft names Satya Nadella as next CEO, Thompson as chairman

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) named 22-year company veteran Satya Nadella as its next chief executive officer on Tuesday, ending a protracted search for a new leader after Steve Ballmer announced his intention to retire in August.

Nadella called the appointment “humbling” in an email to the company’s employees. He is only the third CEO in Microsoft’s 39-year history, following co-founder Bill Gates and Ballmer.

Feb 4, 2014

Microsoft names Nadella as next CEO, Thompson as chairman

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp named 22-year company veteran Satya Nadella as its next chief executive officer on Tuesday, ending a protracted search for a new leader after Steve Ballmer announced his intention to retire in August.

Nadella called the appointment “humbling” in an email to the company’s employees. He is only the third CEO in Microsoft’s 39-year history, following co-founder Bill Gates and Ballmer.

Feb 4, 2014

New Microsoft CEO Nadella faces challenges in mobile, investor relations

SEATTLE (Reuters) – As Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) prepares to unveil insider Satya Nadella as its new chief executive, investors and analysts are weighing how effective the 22-year veteran will be in re-igniting the company’s mobile ambitions and satisfying Wall Street’s hunger for cash.

The world’s biggest software firm faces a slow erosion of its PC-centric Windows and Office franchises and needs to somehow challenge Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) in the new realm of mobile computing. At the same time, some investors are campaigning for retrenchment and a bigger cut of the company’s massive cash pile.

Feb 4, 2014

New Microsoft CEO faces challenges in mobile, investor relations

SEATTLE, Feb 3 (Reuters) – As Microsoft Corp
prepares to unveil insider Satya Nadella as its new chief
executive, investors and analysts are weighing how effective the
22-year veteran will be in re-igniting the company’s mobile
ambitions and satisfying Wall Street’s hunger for cash.

The world’s biggest software firm faces a slow erosion of
its PC-centric Windows and Office franchises and needs to
somehow challenge Apple Inc and Google Inc in
the new realm of mobile computing. At the same time, some
investors are campaigning for retrenchment and a bigger cut of
the company’s massive cash pile.

Feb 1, 2014

Satya Nadella outran better-known candidates for Microsoft CEO

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – The race to determine the next head of Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) looks to have ended where it began, with the software giant poised to take the route of least risk and tap rising internal star Satya Nadella for the job.

After a bruising, five-month selection process, the list of contenders was cut to six serious candidates, with the chief executive job nearly going to Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research) CEO Alan Mulally, an outsider favored by investors lobbying for radical change.

Jan 31, 2014

Microsoft board close to naming Nadella as new CEO

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is close to naming a new chief executive, most likely its cloud-computing head Satya Nadella, a source close to the matter said on Thursday, concluding a five-month long search for a heavy-hitter to lead the world’s largest software company.

As part of the move, co-founder Bill Gates may step aside as chairman but remain on the board, while lead independent director John Thompson will take on the chairman role, the source said on condition of anonymity because the process is private.

Jan 31, 2014

Amazon warns of possible loss, mulls Prime fee-hike

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc missed Wall Street’s estimates for the crucial holiday period and cautioned investors about a possible operating loss this quarter as shipping costs climb, pushing its shares down more than 5 percent.

The world’s largest online retailer faced lofty expectations going into one of the most heavily competitive holiday seasons in years, with retailers vying to out-do each other with steep discounts. It was a contest that many retail industry executives have blamed on Amazon.

Jan 28, 2014

Apple’s iPhone sales, revenue forecast fall short; shares slide

Jan 27 (Reuters) – Lower-than-expected holiday iPhone sales
and a weak revenue forecast by Apple Inc renewed fears
about Chinese demand and a tepid global market, wiping 8 percent
off company stock.

This year was to have been Apple Inc’s watershed moment in
China, when a long-awaited deal with the nation’s largest
carrier was to have propelled it back toward the top ranks of
its most crucial market, clawing back ground from rival Samsung
Electronics.

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      "Bill Rigby is Reuters' chief correspondent in Seattle, reporting on Microsoft and Boeing and overseeing coverage of general news in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska. He has been a Reuters journalist since 1998, reporting on banks, insurers, stock markets, defense companies and airlines from Reuters bureaux in London, New York and Seattle."
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