By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
For all the reasons a Nokia merger wouldn't work, Netflix can be the core of Microsoft's answer to Apple's iCloud -- and provide Ballmer a canny co-CEO.
FORTUNE -- Poor Steve Ballmer. Standing at the helm of one of the computer age's biggest success stories while its brand withers and its stock languishes at the same level it traded at in 1998. Shareholders are increasingly unhappy with him. MOREJun 8, 2011 1:14 PM ET
These days, Microsoft's co-founder has more on his mind than software sales figures or even his charitable work -- namely he wants to help solve the world's energy problems.
FORTUNE -- At WIRED's Disruptive by Design Business Conference today, Bill Gates discussed the current state of energy and potential technology replacements for oil and coal.
Gates suggested there's much more potential for nuclear energy, despite the recent disaster with Japan's Fukushima reactor. MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 3, 2011 12:16 PM ET
Steve Ballmer's slavish devotion to Windows and Office has made them cash cows, but some say revenues have come at the expense of innovation.
By Gary Rivlin, contributor
FORTUNE -- What's the matter with Microsoft? After spending weeks tracking down and talking with a long list of former Microsoft (MSFT) employees, many of them veterans with fifteen or more years with the company, the question is how long do you have to MOREMar 31, 2011 10:47 AM ET
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"Apple is great if you've got a lot of money and live on an island. It's not so great if you have to exist in a diverse, open, connected enterprise; simple things become quite complex." -- Andy Lark, Dell global head of marketing (CIO Australia)In an interview with CIO MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 30, 2011 10:00 AM ET
No one questions CEO Steve Ballmer's drive or intentions - but is his devotion to the company and its Windows business hurting its ability to innovate?
By Gary Rivlin, contributor
It seemed a little like love when a blogger named The Paperboy got his hands on a secret device being developed inside Microsoft under the code name Courier. With its icon-rich user interface and multitouch, stylus-friendly screens, Courier represented "an astonishing take MOREMar 29, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Starting with the fact that he's $176 million poorer on paper than he was a month ago
According to the current issue of Forbes, Steve Jobs is the 34th richest person in the U.S. and tied for 110th in the world, having climbed 40 spots in the magazine's annual list of the world's billionaires.
But where does that wealth come from, and how does it compare with other tech luminaries? Let's take MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 11, 2011 7:54 AM ET
Gordon Brown reportedly nixed a proposal to make Jobs an honorary knight
According to a report in the Telegraph, Steve Jobs was put forward for an honorary knighthood in 2009, but the proposal was blocked by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown because Jobs had declined an invitation to speak at the Labor Party's annual conference.
The Telegraph's source, an unnamed former senior member of Parliament, claims Apple (AAPL) was aware of the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 1, 2011 6:23 AM ET
Retail staff briefed Sunday on a plan to move into enterprises that aren't yet "confused"
"What I love about the consumer market, that I always hated about the enterprise market, is that we come up with a product, we try to tell everybody about it, and every person votes for themselves... With the enterprise market, it's not so simple. The people that use the products don't decide MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 28, 2011 6:12 AM ET
You could argue that it has several, depending on how you define the market
It was only a matter of hours after Steve Jobs announced the terms of Apple's (AAPL) new subscription service Tuesday morning that commentators started dropping the A word -- "antitrust."
"My inclination is to be suspect," Shubha Ghosh, an antitrust professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, told the Wall Street Journal that afternoon. And then he MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 16, 2011 7:58 AM ET
As a giant of technology departs, it's time to start asking, what's next for Steve Ballmer's Microsoft?
When Microsoft (MSFT) announced Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie would be moving on, some viewed it as another blow to a company with a bit of a vision problem. Ozzie was only the second person to be the company's CSA -- the first being founder Bill Gates, who took the role upon retiring as MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 26, 2010 12:33 PM ET
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