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CNNMoney: Steve Ballmer's gonzo final CES keynote, backed by tweet choirupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 07:22:00

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.

CNNMoney: Dance Ballmer, dance! Microsoft is backupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 13:33:00

Perhaps it's time for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to develop a new monkeyboy dance?

CNNMoney: Microsoft's 2012 CES will be its lastupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 15:22:00

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.

CNNMoney: Microsoft CEO on not buying Yahoo: "Sometimes you're lucky"updated: Wed Oct 19 2011 11:10:00

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously doesn't hold back, and a tech conference on Tuesday proved to be no exception.

CNNMoney: Microsoft to launch Xbox TV later this yearupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 06:34:00

Microsoft is trying to succeed where Google, Apple and Sony have all flopped: The software giant wants to change the way people watch TV.

CNNMoney: Ballmer: 'Windows 8 is coming!' Microsoft: 'Eek!'updated: Fri May 27 2011 10:28:00

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this week let slip what was already a poorly kept secret: Windows 8 will go on sale next year.

CNNMoney: Steve Ballmer pitches cloud computing to energy bizupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 13:37:00

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.

CNNMoney: Highlights and flameouts from the CES gadget extravaganzaupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 12:24:00

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.

CES roundup: Steve Martin, Lady Gaga, Ballmer's digital dietupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 12:29:00

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 tries to redefine the couch potatoupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 10:27:00

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.

CNNMoney: Microsoft CEO Ballmer wants to talk Kinect, not tabletsupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 10:09:00

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.

CNNMoney: Microsoft fights decade-long stock funkupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 07:57:00

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.

CNNMoney: Microsoft's visionary heads out the doorupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 14:33:00

One of Microsoft's key visionary thinkers is making his exit.

CNNMoney: Tablets that will -- and won't -- be in holiday stockingsupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 07:51:00

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.

CNNMoney: Employees love Microsoft -- but not Ballmerupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 11:40:00

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is a polarizing figure, not just for Microsoft investors but also for the company's employees.

CNNMoney: Ballmer: Microsoft feels tablet 'urgency'updated: Sat Jul 31 2010 17:19:00

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.

Gates: 'I enjoy sparring with Apple'updated: Thu Jun 03 2010 21:11:00

CNN's Larry King asks Microsoft's Bill Gates about the business rivalry between him and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

CES shows us the Internet of the futureupdated: Mon Jan 11 2010 16:32:00

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.

What is a tablet, anyway?updated: Sat Jan 09 2010 07:44:00

For all the buzz about "tablet computers" in recent weeks, one fundamental question about this supposedly break-through computer category remains unanswered:

TV of the futureupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 15:13:00

Sensio previews the latest in 3D technology ahead of the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.

Microsoft opens CES without much-hyped tablet, highlights past successesupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 15:13:00

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 announce tablet?updated: Wed Jan 06 2010 12:42:00

Will Microsoft beat Apple to the punch in announcing a touch-screen "tablet" computer?

CNNMoney: Microsoft and Yahoo: Search partnersupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 15:29:00

Microsoft and Yahoo reached a long-awaited partnership Wednesday in a bid to challenge Google's dominance in online search.

CNNMoney: Microsoft closes in on 5,000 job cutsupdated: Tue May 05 2009 14:26:00

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.

Fortune: The gravity-defying debt problemupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 04:30:00

The prices of real estate, stocks and many commodities continue to plummet this year.

Fortune: In grim times, hoping for 'reset'updated: Wed Jan 28 2009 10:30:00

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.

CNNMoney: Microsoft slashes up to 5,000 jobsupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 13:23:00

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's Ballmer touts 'best version of Windows ever'updated: Fri Jan 09 2009 17:42:00

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.

CES 2009: What's on tap?updated: Fri Jan 09 2009 17:42:00

CNN's Nicole Lapin has a preview of this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Fortune: Why talent is overratedupdated: Tue Oct 21 2008 16:44:00

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.

Fortune: Microsoft moves beyond Yahooupdated: Thu Jul 24 2008 16:58:00

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. Ballmer the Barbarian!updated: Wed Jul 09 2008 16:00:00

As Microsoft's bid for Yahoo! hits Month 6, Josh Quittner compares the takeover attempt to a classic Mongol siege

Fortune: Why Yahoos shouldn't underestimate Icahnupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 12:52:00

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.

Fortune: Microsoft without Gatesupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 14:56:00

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."

Fortune: Print-is-dead vs. long-live-print debate ragesupdated: Mon Jun 16 2008 18:06:00

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 Demos Touch-Screen Appupdated: Wed May 28 2008 10:00:00

Microsoft Corp. said its next operating system will be made for touch-screen applications, an alternative to the computer mouse Yahoo's Next Move updated: Sun May 04 2008 00:00:00

Having raised eyebrows by successfully resisting Microsoft's advances, Yahoo still needs to boost its revenues. Here's how it may try

Fortune: Blame it on Googleupdated: Sat May 03 2008 23:14:00

Google proved to be the final straw that broke Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's back.

Fortune: Microsoft: Decidedly not R.I.P.updated: Fri May 02 2008 12:28:00

Oh how frustrating when the mighty haven't fallen. Microsoft-Yahoo Deal May Go Hostileupdated: Fri May 02 2008 06:00:00

Microsoft Corp. may go hostile in its bid for Yahoo Inc., according to a published report

Microsoft bids for Yahooupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 00:06:00

CNN's Todd Benjamin takes a look at Microsoft's attempt to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion. Hope Offered for Windows XP Usersupdated: Thu Apr 24 2008 12:00:00

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

CNNMoney: Yahoo says 'No' to Microsoft, againupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 08:11:00

Yahoo continued to reject Microsoft's $44.6 billion unsolicited bid for the company Monday.

Fortune: Got cash? Let the bidding wars beginupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 04:29:00

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."

Fortune: Microsoft makes more stabs at wirelessupdated: Tue Oct 23 2007 08:41:00

Microsoft's is stepping up its quixotic, seven-year quest to become as ubiquitous on mobile phones as it is on desktops.

Kill your Internetupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 15:54:00

CNN's Asieh Namdar speaks with Andrew Keen, author of 'The Cult of the Amateur', a book that criticizes the Internet.

Fortune: The wrath of Ballzillaupdated: Mon Apr 23 2007 06:14:00

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.

Fortune: Captain's Blog, stardate 4/12/07updated: Thu Apr 12 2007 09:37:00

NEXT ISSUE: Coming up, THE (one and only) FORTUNE 500 issue!!! It is an honor and a pleasure putting it together. Truly. We have some wonderful surprises in store, graphics, wonderful archival and new photography (including the baddest picture of Steve Ballmer ever taken), great stories by award-winning journalists. Exclusives from San Francisco, Austin, Minneapolis, and one story that moves around three continents in one typical week. It's what we've been doing for 77 years here - now better than ever. And they can use all the fancy German words they want and it still ain't going to change THAT!

Fortune: Ballmer ain't goin' nowhere!updated: Fri Jun 16 2006 10:08:00

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?

CNNMoney: Why Ballmer should leave Microsoftupdated: Thu Jun 15 2006 18:34:00

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.

Fortune: Microsoft's makeover manupdated: Wed Apr 19 2006 11:36:00

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.

Fortune: The sleeping giant goes on the offensiveupdated: Wed Mar 29 2006 11:07:00

When Microsoft went public in 1986, there was no 3-D videogaming, no enterprise software, and no Google.

Fortune: Ballmer: Xbox will capitalize on PS3 delayupdated: Fri Mar 17 2006 12:18:00

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.

CNNMoney: CEO on the hot seat: Steve Ballmer, Microsoftupdated: Wed Feb 01 2006 11:27:00

CEO Steve Ballmer is wrestling with Microsoft's perpetual problem: extending its near-total dominance of operating systems into the Internet era.

Fortune: It's Good to Be the Bossupdated: Mon Sep 19 2005 00:01:00

[Sun CEO] McNealy is best known for virulent, colorful, often highly ad hominem criticisms of what he calls "Bill Gates' centrally planned economy." At a recent public appearance, he snidely referr...

CNNMoney: An heir apparent at Microsoft?updated: Wed May 25 2005 06:35:00

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.

CNNMoney: Techs make it five advances in a rowupdated: Mon Oct 04 2004 14:19:00

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.

Fortune: Microsoft Cashes Inupdated: Mon Jul 26 2004 00:01:00

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...

CNNMoney: Microsoft's $75 billion cash rewardupdated: Tue Jul 20 2004 16:16:00

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.

Business 2.0: The CTO In A GTO Don't like your car? In the future, says General Motors's Tony Scott, you'll just download a new onupdated: Thu Jul 01 2004 00:01:00

Tony Scott has a simple message for people who make hardware and software: Listen to your customers or risk losing them. As both carrot and stick, General Motors's affable chief technology officer ...

Fortune: Ballmer Unbound How do you impose order on a giant, runaway Mensa meeting? Just watch Microsoft's CEO.updated: Mon Jan 26 2004 00:01:00

Steve Ballmer is a man whose reputation exceeds him. Barrel- chested and bombastic, he's always been the quintessential, larger-than-life, rah-rah leader, and the perfect foil for his geeky and eru...

Fortune: Check Up On Who Has Teed Offupdated: Mon Nov 10 2003 00:01:00

Gumshoes, ex-wives, and investors take note: Through a website called the Golf Handicap and Information can get the goods on any golfer: handicaps, most recent rounds pla...

Business 2.0: Baby Bills A cadre of young, scary-smart executives is coming into power at the world's most important tech updated: Wed Oct 01 2003 00:01:00

Shortly after midnight on the first day of October 1997, a small band of young Microsoft soldiers sneaked onto the Mountain View, Calif., campus of then-archrival Netscape and dumped something on ...

Fortune: First-class Reunionupdated: Mon May 26 2003 00:01:00

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...

Business 2.0: Keynote Like a Pro The do's and don'ts of public speaking.updated: Tue Apr 01 2003 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: All You Need Is Love, $50 Billion, And Killer Software Code-Named Longhorn An up-close look at why Bill updated: Mon Jul 08 2002 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: Steve And Jorma Make The Hard Cellupdated: Mon Apr 29 2002 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: Microsoft Will Falter--in 2020updated: Mon Jul 09 2001 00:01:00

I know something about Microsoft no one else does: It will fail, in 2020 or 2021, although that might be a little early.

Fortune: Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead Sure, the court wants to chop Microsoft in half. That's not stopping Bill updated: Mon Jul 10 2000 00:01:00

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 ...

Fortune: One Editor's Opinion: A Breakup Will Never Happenupdated: Mon Jun 26 2000 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: The New Face of Microsoft The management change is just the first step. Now Microsoft says it will extend Windows throughout theupdated: Mon Feb 07 2000 00:01:00

The Internet business is all about storytelling. With markets shifting at light speed, companies that can proffer a credible scenario for success gain a tremendous advantage. The best talkers often...

Fortune: The $100 Billion Friendship In a frank chat with FORTUNE's Brent Schlender, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer talk updated: Mon Oct 25 1999 00:01:00

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...

Money Magazine: Stock Around The Clock An enthusiast's trading day in the not-so-distant futureupdated: Sun Aug 01 1999 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: Microsoft Gets Ready To Play a New Game As its monopoly wanes and networks bring stiff competition, the software king has decideupdated: Mon Apr 26 1999 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: How the Web Will Test Your Sanity and Competence YOU'VE GOT MAIL. IT'S AN E-QUIZ!updated: Mon Apr 12 1999 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: ARE STRATEGIC ALLIANCES WORKING? For many companies, success is elusive. The best alliances allow for lots of flexibility and arupdated: Mon Sep 21 1992 00:01:00

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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