The outgoing CEO admits that Microsoft is still in the "early days" of a turnaround.
FORTUNE -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer isn't done saying goodbye just yet. After a heartfelt speech to employees late last month, on Monday Ballmer published his final letter to shareholders, taking the opportunity to extoll the company's ongoing "transformation" into a devices and services provider and highlight its key milestones over the last year.
"We brought Windows MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Oct 8, 2013 9:55 AM ET
Pilots may love their iPads, but Delta, like most airlines, is a Microsoft Windows shop.
FORTUNE -- Many in the tech press reacted with incredulity to the news that Delta Airlines chose Microsoft (MSFT), not Apple (AAPL), to supply its pilots with cockpit tablets -- 11,000 in all.
After all, it's been two years since the iPad was approved for use by American Airlines as a so-called Electronic Flight Bag -- replacing 40 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 1, 2013 6:06 PM ET
Nathan Myhrvold, Former CTO of Microsoft, wrote a counterterrorism document that he thought would never see the light of day. Now Washington is listening.
By Clay Dillow
FORTUNE -- Former Microsoft (MSFT) CTO Nathan Myhrvold has been anything but idle since stepping out of his role as computer technology czar, founding a controversial patent hoarding venture that is now among the world's largest owners of intellectual property and authoring a MOREOct 1, 2013 2:26 PM ET
The Belarus-based gaming developer is moving from PCs to consoles to grab more of the U.S. market.
By John Gaudiosi
FORTUNE -- Just over 15 years ago, Minsk, Belarus-based game developer Wargaming launched with a focus on hardcore turn-based and real-time strategy PC games like DBA Online, Order of War, and the Massive Assault series. By 2008, the company saw publishers shy away from these genres amidst shrinking retail space. At MORESep 25, 2013 9:00 AM ET
The exception is Apple, which dominates in both brand and operating system loyalty.
FORTUNE -- Given the magnitude of recent telecom deals -- Microsoft (MSFT) offering $7.2 billion for Nokia's (NOK) handset business, Google (GOOG) shelling out $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, Verizon (VZ) paying an astonishing $130 billion to buy out Vodafone's (VOD) 45% stake -- Consumer Intelligence Research Partners asks an interesting question:
What matters most to smartphone customers, the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 5, 2013 4:19 PM ET
Software hasn't just supplanted hardware in the past decade. It needs hardware as an ancillary business.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE – Imagine it's 1999. Scratch that, it's 2006.
The computer in your office is made by ... well, it doesn't matter who it's made by. Unless you are in a creative profession, that computer is run on Microsoft Windows. And the phone in your pocket is made by Nokia (NOK), or -- MORESep 4, 2013 10:02 AM ET
Why the Microsoft acquisition -- and Stephen Elop -- may turn out to be Nokia's greatest hope.
FORTUNE -- It's a sad day for Finland. Or is it? Sure, much of the phonemaker's storied legacy -- and future -- is now in Microsoft's hands, a bitter pill to swallow for many Finns. And yes, 32,000 Nokia employees will become part of the Redmond-based tech giant's empire overnight, whether they like it MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Sep 3, 2013 2:53 PM ET
The former IBM chief has a stellar record. What better credentials could a new Microsoft CEO have than having humiliated and beaten his new charges?
FORTUNE -- When I reviewed Steve Ballmer's umpteenth structural reorganization of Microsoft last month -- was it only last month? -- I noted that the key missing ingredient to making the construct work was leadership. A re-jiggered Apple without Steve Jobs doing the jiggering never would MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Aug 27, 2013 10:13 AM ET
A former Windows product manager puts his finger on the difference between MSFT and AAPL.
FORTUNE -- If you read only one story Monday morning about Steve Ballmer's departure from Microsoft (MSFT), skip Kara Swisher's gossipy piece about how it happened more precipitously than Microsoft let on and go straight to Ben Thompson's If Steve Ballmer ran Apple on his stratechery blog.
In this provocative thought experiment, Thompson -- a former Microsoft MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 26, 2013 7:41 AM ET
It's taken a couple of days for the import of Ballmer's retirement to sink in.
FORTUNE -- For a time in the mid 1980s, Steve Ballmer used to stop by my cubby hole at Time Magazine on his visits to New York. I was a struggling staff writer and he was Bill Gates' oversized salesman, but he didn't impress me as a man with a vision or deep knowledge of computers, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 25, 2013 5:52 AM ET
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