Steve Ballmer will step down as chief executive immediately, and Bill Gates will vacate his position as chairman of the technology giant's board.
FORTUNE -- Microsoft (MSFT) on Tuesday named Satya Nadella as its next chief executive officer, ending an extended search for a new leader. He's only the third CEO in the technology company's 39-year history, and previously served as executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group.
Steve Ballmer, who announced MOREAndrew Nusca - Feb 4, 2014 9:30 AM ET
The software giant soon will name a new leader after a tumultuous seven months of drama. A look back at the upheaval Microsoft's next CEO must address.
By Geoff Colvin and Adam Lashinsky, senior editors-at-large
FORTUNE -- Bill Gates was the star attraction at a private event that included some of Silicon Valley's young luminaries in San Francisco last October, but his planned topic, philanthropy, wasn't the most prominent topic on their MOREFeb 3, 2014 7:00 AM ET
Samsung grew its share 56% from last year, Microsoft by 325%. But still.
FORTUNE -- You could write a headline from the data Chitika released today that drew attention to the dip in Apple's (AAPL) share of North American tablet traffic, from 81% a year ago to 78.2% today.
Or you could focus on Samsung's 56% increase. Or on how Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface tablets more than quadrupled their share year over year.
But MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 27, 2014 11:49 AM ET
At Microsoft's peak, there were 56 times more Windows PCs sold than Macs.
FORTUNE -- Oranges are being compared with Apples in the attached chart. Or rather, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows PCs with four kinds of Apple (AAPL) devices -- Macs, iPads, iPhones and iPod touches.
But Asymco's Horace Dediu, who posted it Monday, is bending the rules to make a serious point:
In the 1980s and 1990s computing platform decisions were made first by companies MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 13, 2014 1:49 PM ET
Zuckerberg practices the realpolitik, while Gates is a die-hard ideologue.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- If you came of age after Microsoft (MSFT) dominated the technology industry, you might well look at Bill Gates' philanthropic efforrs and call him a hero. Others who had to compete against the de facto monopoly that was Microsoft under Bill Gates might see things differently. To them, he was a vampiric force that fed on MOREJan 8, 2014 12:49 PM ET
Redmond can bash Google's $199 laptop all it wants, but a look at holiday sales suggests that people aren't listening.
FORTUNE -- When Amazon released its list of holiday bestsellers the day after Christmas, the second-most popular laptop was the Asus Transformer, a Windows 8 laptop with a detachable keyboard that converts into a tablet. It's just the kind of portable consumer device that Microsoft (MSFT) desperately needs to be a MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jan 2, 2014 9:01 AM ET
In a Topsy search of holiday tweets, Microsoft's Surface barely moved the needle.
FORTUNE -- Here's an early indicator of how Christmas tablet sales went, via Topsy Analytics.
Topsy's Twitter search engine will count tweets for whatever phrases you enter. To get a feel for how Apple's (AAPL) iPad did against Samsung's Galaxy Note, Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle, and Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface, I ran the following search with the following results:
got iPad: 120,608
Paid product ads appear to be working wonders for the tech company during its most lucrative quarter.
FORTUNE -- The winter holiday season is crunch time for retailers everywhere. Often, it's the difference between a profitable year and one that ends in the red. On the Web, one company is not selling goods, but still profiting handsomely anyway: Google.
The Internet search and advertising giant has long seen an uptick in business in MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Dec 18, 2013 5:00 AM ET
If Microsoft ends up giving away its mobile operating systems, it will be playing catch-up with Google's dominant Android OS.
FORTUNE -- Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly considering a radical shift in its mobile strategy: offering its operating systems free to manufacturers of mobile devices.
The Verge, quoting unnamed sources "familiar with Microsoft's plans" reported Wednesday that the company might trade in the revenues it gets from licensing Windows Phone and Windows RT by MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Dec 11, 2013 3:26 PM ET
As the world prepares for Microsoft to announce a new chief executive, we ask the company's top executives -- including the man himself -- to take a look at the legacy Steve Ballmer leaves on the technology company.
By Mary Jo Foley, special to Fortune
FORTUNE -- On the eve of his exit as chief executive officer of Microsoft, after more than a decade on the job, Steve Ballmer is more than MOREDec 11, 2013 5:00 AM ET
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