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
A round-up of the companies, deals, and trends that made headlines.
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.
"If you bring something innovative to market, people will respond. I think it's going to do very well." -- AT&T CEO of Mobile Ralph de la MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 12, 2010 6:30 AM ET
How does the world's most famous entrepreneur now fill his days? Saving the world, helping startups -- and dropping kids off at school.
By Brent Schlender, contributor
When Bill Gates formally stepped away from an active role at Microsoft (MSFT) in July of 2008, he also hung up his golf clubs. His explanation was as simple as it was revealing: "It takes up too much time to get any good at MOREJun 21, 2010 3:00 AM ET
Bill Gates gave him the keys to the kingdom ten years ago. What has he done since?
There's a turning point that's hard to miss in the infographic the New York Times put together to mark the moment Wednesday when Apple (AAPL) overtook Microsoft (MSFT) to become America's most valuable technology company.
The turnaround -- one of the most remarkable in U.S. corporate history -- dates from January 2000, when Microsoft's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 27, 2010 9:19 AM ET
Shades of the United States vs. Microsoft, an antitrust case that the government lost
A report in Monday's New York Post that two government agencies -- the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice -- are each considering launching an antitrust investigation against Apple (AAPL) puts me in mind of the case the DOJ and 20 states brought against Microsoft (MSFT) nearly a dozen years ago.
To many observers -- including MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 3, 2010 2:10 PM ET
Who is Walter Isaacson, and why did Jobs choose him to tell the story of his life?
Apple's iPad event last month was packed cheek to jowl with the famous and well-connected, from John Doerr to Al Gore. But I was still surprised see my old Time magazine editor in the middle of the action. What in the world was Walter Isaacson doing at an Apple (AAPL) event in San Francisco?
The MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 16, 2010 10:14 AM ET
The former New York Daily News editor who ran Bill Gates' Tablet PC division tells all
In the week since Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, there's been a lot of talk about where this leaves Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle.
"But the much more important question," writes Dick Brass in an essay prominently displayed on the OpEd page of Thursday's New York Times,
"is why Microsoft, America's most famous and prosperous technology company, no longer MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 4, 2010 6:37 AM ET
After the Vista debacle, Microsoft changed the way it makes software. The result – Windows 7 – is winning raves. Can a new operating system (and a new attitude) help the company take on Google?
With Microsoft's founder and chairman, Bill Gates, trotting the globe in a quest to abolish diseases, his handpicked successor, CEO Steve Ballmer, has had most of a decade to move the company beyond its two MOREJeffrey M. O'Brien - Oct 13, 2009 6:00 AM ET
The collective net worth of the super rich on Forbes's annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans fell by $300 billion over the past 12 months, and the tech sector spilled its share of the red ink.
Microsoft's Bill Gates lost the most -- at least on paper. His net worth dropped from $57 to $50 billion, not enough, however, to keep him from topping the list for the 16th year MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 1, 2009 6:23 AM ET
"I would give a lot to have Steve's taste."
Bill Gates said that of Steve Jobs at the D5 conference two years ago, and we knew exactly what he meant.
Take, for example, the two images above. They are samples of the new desktop images offered by this fall's big operating system updates: Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 7, scheduled for release in October, and Apple's (AAPL) Snow Leopard, due in September.
Can you guess MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 11, 2009 8:13 AM ET
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