Microsoft's final Consumer Electronics Show keynote was short on news but long on flashiness -- complete with a gospel choir, Cookie Monster, Ryan Seacrest and an Auto-Tuned Bill Gates.
Perhaps it's time for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to develop a new monkeyboy dance?
One of the tech industry's biggest annual rituals, the January Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is losing an iconic headliner. Microsoft has decided to pull out of the show, starting next year.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously doesn't hold back, and a tech conference on Tuesday proved to be no exception.
Microsoft is trying to succeed where Google, Apple and Sony have all flopped: The software giant wants to change the way people watch TV.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this week let slip what was already a poorly kept secret: Windows 8 will go on sale next year.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer made an impassioned technology pitch to the energy industry Wednesday, arguing that game-like devices and cloud computing can help meet the world's growing need for oil and power.
My heels are bleeding, I haven't eaten a real meal in four days, and I can't fit all my swag in my suitcase -- but such is a typical end to the Consumer Electronics Show.
We're not sure if actor-author-comedian-musician Steve Martin is really at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, but if his tweets about CES are all this funny it doesn't matter.
Microsoft on Wednesday announced plans to redefine television as a medium that viewers can control by waving their hands and talking rather than clicking on remotes.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's CES kick-off speech unveiled new sales stats on the company's big holiday hit: its Kinect motion-sensor gaming platform, which sold 8 million units in its first 60 days.
When Microsoft executives envision the company's future, they see record-setting sales and profits from exciting new products. But when Wall Street gazes into Microsoft's future, many potential investors seem to see only a blue screen of death.
One of Microsoft's key visionary thinkers is making his exit.
Tablet computers are poised to be a hit for the holidays. Some tech companies will score big -- while others won't have a tablet at all.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is a polarizing figure, not just for Microsoft investors but also for the company's employees.
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Thursday that the software giant is urgently working with its partners to unveil a host of tablet computers running Windows 7, to compete with Apple's fast-selling iPad.
CNN's Larry King asks Microsoft's Bill Gates about the business rivalry between him and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
In the 1990s, many of us began our online experience, likely over a dial-up connection. In the 2000s, broadband redefined the way we use the Internet, enabling advancements like online video and social networking to flourish.
For all the buzz about "tablet computers" in recent weeks, one fundamental question about this supposedly break-through computer category remains unanswered:
Sensio previews the latest in 3D technology ahead of the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer opened up the largest consumer technology trade show in the world with a tone that was both reflective and energized, but without living up to much -- if any -- of the anticipation that preceded the speech.
Will Microsoft beat Apple to the punch in announcing a touch-screen "tablet" computer?
Microsoft and Yahoo reached a long-awaited partnership Wednesday in a bid to challenge Google's dominance in online search.
Microsoft said Tuesday that it is moving forward with a second wave of mass layoffs, getting the company closer to its target of 5,000 job cuts by mid 2010, according to an e-mail Chief Executive Steve Ballmer sent employees.
The prices of real estate, stocks and many commodities continue to plummet this year.
Doom and gloom were everywhere in 2008. It's not surprising, then, that people are longing for a return to normal, or at least to something a little less painful.
Software maker Microsoft Corp. announced Thursday it will cut up to 5,000 jobs in the next year and a half, or 5.5% of its global workforce, citing further deterioration of global economic conditions.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kicked off the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday with an impassioned endorsement of PCs and a sneak peek at the company's future Windows 7 operating system.
CNN's Nicole Lapin has a preview of this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
It is mid-1978, and we are inside the giant Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati, looking into a cubicle shared by a pair of 22-year-old men, fresh out of college. Their assignment is to sell Duncan Hines brownie mix, but they spend a lot of their time just rewriting memos. They are clearly smart - one has just graduated from Harvard, the other from Dartmouth - but that doesn't distinguish them from a slew of other new hires at P&G.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer put on his game face Thursday and told investors it was imperative for the company to "ante up" in its struggling online business.
As Microsoft's bid for Yahoo! hits Month 6, Josh Quittner compares the takeover attempt to a classic Mongol siege
Carl Icahn published an open letter to Yahoo shareholders Monday in which he disclosed that he has spoken several times to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer over the past week: "Several of our conversations have lasted as long as an hour," Icahn wrote, suggesting it was a real get-to-know-you sort of thing.
Steve Ballmer was sobbing. He repeatedly tried to speak and couldn't get the words out. Minutes passed as he tried to regain his composure. But the audience of 130 of Microsoft's senior leaders waited patiently, many of them crying too. They knew that the CEO was choked up because this executive retreat, held in late March at a resort north of Seattle, was the last ever for company co-founder Bill Gates, as well as for Jeff Raikes, one of the company's longest-tenured executives. "I've spent more time with these two human beings than with anyone else in my life," Ballmer finally said. "Bill and Jeff have been my North Star and kept me going. Now I'm going to count on all of you to be there for me."
The debate over the future of print media has generated some interesting sound bites of late: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told The Washington Post that ink-on-paper is dead in 10 years. Rupert Murdoch, meanwhile, expressed cautious optimism at a conference sponsored by his Wall Street Journal that print will be round for "at least 20 years, and outlive me."
Microsoft Corp. said its next operating system will be made for touch-screen applications, an alternative to the computer mouse
Having raised eyebrows by successfully resisting Microsoft's advances, Yahoo still needs to boost its revenues. Here's how it may try
Google proved to be the final straw that broke Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's back.
Oh how frustrating when the mighty haven't fallen.
Microsoft Corp. may go hostile in its bid for Yahoo Inc., according to a published report
CNN's Todd Benjamin takes a look at Microsoft's attempt to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion.
Microsoft Corp. chief executive Steve Ballmer said customer demand may see the company reconsider a decision to stop selling the company's Windows XP operating system in June
Yahoo continued to reject Microsoft's $44.6 billion unsolicited bid for the company Monday.
It's time again for DEMO, that bi-annual entrepreneurial beauty contest where hungry startups by the dozens parade their latest creations before a who's who of Silicon Valley money men. This winter's gathering is being held at the end of January in a Marriott resort a few miles south of Palm Springs, Calif. As I write this, it is expected to draw a record number of corporate bidders. "A lot of little companies are going to be picked up in some real sweet deals," says Chris Shipley, DEMO executive producer. "We're going to see a lot of activity."
Microsoft's is stepping up its quixotic, seven-year quest to become as ubiquitous on mobile phones as it is on desktops.
CNN's Asieh Namdar speaks with Andrew Keen, author of 'The Cult of the Amateur', a book that criticizes the Internet.
Last month Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's notoriously bombastic CEO, set bloggers blabbing again when he went on an anti-Google tirade that was shrill even for him.
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Bill Gates is leaving his day-to-day role at Microsoft, ending an epoch in American business. And now people think CEO Steve Ballmer should go, too?
Now that Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has started his two-year goodbye from a day-to-day role at the company, it's time for CEO Steve Ballmer to set a resignation date, too.
You might say Ray Ozzie is in training to become the next Bill Gates. Not to become the world's richest man, but rather the guy at Microsoft who does the big-picture strategic thinking to shape software and then helps develop it with company programmers.
When Microsoft went public in 1986, there was no 3-D videogaming, no enterprise software, and no Google.
After Sony announced on Tuesday that the Playstation 3 won't launch until November, the Xbox 360 is in a better position to become the top gaming console, says Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
CEO Steve Ballmer is wrestling with Microsoft's perpetual problem: extending its near-total dominance of operating systems into the Internet era.
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A published report said that the head of Microsoft's server business could be an early front-runner to eventually run the world's No. 1 software company, although current leadership has given no indication they are anywhere close to leaving the company.
Technology stocks rose for the fifth straight session Monday, boosted again by chipmakers, while Siebel Systems and Hutchinson Technology soared on positive quarterly earnings forecasts.
The Microsoft memo du jour, Steve Ballmer's 4,000-word epic, delivered via e-mail to 57,000 employees in July, was hardly a thriller in the same vein as, say, Bill Gates' 1995 "We've just discovere...
Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it would double its cash dividend and that its board approved a plan to buy back up to $30 billion of the company's stock over the next four years.
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Judging from the guests at Procter & Gamble's alumni gathering, the business world is run by Proctoids. GE's Jeff Immelt, 3M's Jim McNerney, and eBay's Meg Whitman were among 350 former P&G employe...
Let's be blunt: in the hands of most executives, the Gettysburg Address would sound about as inspiring as a laundry list. But don't take it personally. Dozens of land mines await even the best-prep...
The old Bill, the one we all know, thought he could do it all--and pretty much did. He built the most profitable tech company in history, almost single-handedly transforming the rarefied, clubby co...
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's 100-decibel chief executive, delivered a contrite pledge to Europe recently. Speaking to 2,500 attendees at the CeBIT technology exhibition in Hanover, Germany, last mont...
I know something about Microsoft no one else does: It will fail, in 2020 or 2021, although that might be a little early.
It rained a little in Seattle on June 6, the day Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued his historic order to split Microsoft in two. And the 19,000 people who work at Microsoft's sprangly campus in ...
To a casual reader buried in the sheer volume of the business press' verbiage on the Microsoft case, the future may seem cut-and-dried--Microsoft faces the guillotine. Hardly. The software giant ma...
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You can often learn as much about how business partners work together by simply watching and listening to them as by asking direct questions. Case in point: the following conversation with Bill Gat...
TUESDAY, AUG. 1, 2000: Now that the NYSE, Amex and Nasdaq have all gone over to a 24-hour trading day, a hypothetical trader's diary bears witness to the delight of stock market junkies--and insomn...
For the past eight months, ever since Bill Gates named him Microsoft's first president in seven years, Steve Ballmer has been the software giant's invisible man. He hasn't been part of the antitrus...
Microsoft, a company that has turned intellectual intimidation into a core competence, is notorious for peppering job candidates with brainteasers. Steve Ballmer, the software juggernaut's presiden...
Like most things Microsoftian, the software giant's recruiting department has taken on mythic proportions. There's the story of the recent college graduate who was asked in a job interview how he w...
NOW THAT the global marketplace has reached adolescence, it seems almost everyone is under the covers with everyone else. IBM alone has joined in over 400 strategic alliances with various companies...
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