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
Investors cheered news that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire, but there is no obvious successor in line.
FORTUNE -- It's hard not to feel a little bit bad for Steve Ballmer today. Not because he's finally giving up the reins at Microsoft, where his 13-year tenure as CEO has been a string of disappointments for investors, but because there's finally a figure -- arbitrary as it may be -- to MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Aug 23, 2013 12:43 PM ET
Bret Taylor and Kevin Gibbs's modern word processor works on almost any device. Is that enough to shake up a space Microsoft has dominated for decades?
FORTUNE -- According to Bret Taylor and Kevin Gibbs, word processors have been stuck in a rut for the last three decades. Launch the latest version of Microsoft Word, and there's the same cluttered array of toolbars, even a floppy disc button emblematic of saving MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 13, 2013 12:10 PM ET
The one-time king of consoles is increasingly banking on computer games.
By John Gaudiosi
FORTUNE -- Back in the 1990s, Sega was on top of the video game world. Its Sega Genesis was giving Nintendo a run for its money thanks to a blue hedgehog that could run at supersonic speeds and a library of addictive arcade franchises like Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and Outrun. But a series of console MOREAug 8, 2013 11:18 AM ET
It's not just the broader economy holding tech back. Truth is, a lot of big-cap, low-value stocks are having trouble jumping over the modest bar Wall Street has set for them.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- Even by the typically unpredictable nature of quarterly earnings, the technology sector had more than its share of surprises this month. As tech giant after tech giant lined up to report their earnings this month, MOREAug 2, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Its preemptive moves don't change the fact that the company has big questions to answer.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- Preemption is one of the handiest tools in the art of public relations. If a company can get ahead of news -- especially not-so-good new -- it can control the tone of the conversation and even guide it in a direction that plays up the company's strengths.
The ambitious restructuring that Microsoft (MSFT) MOREJul 22, 2013 9:33 AM ET
Should we be surprised Microsoft had to write off $900 million in unsold tablets?
FORTUNE -- I don't spend a lot of time writing about Microsoft (MSFT) these days, but the company's re-entry into the tablet market last summer felt like news I should be covering.
After all, Apple (AAPL) had succeeded where Microsoft had, for so many years, failed. And now Redmond was back, gunning for the iPad.
So I watched Microsoft MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 20, 2013 10:22 AM ET
The hot enterprise firm is only now putting its software online.
FORTUNE -- You might assume that a young, fast-growing enterprise software company like Tableau Software is all about the cloud -- a.k.a. selling and distributing applications over the web. But the Seattle-based company, which started out as a Stanford University research project in 2003, is only now launching a software-as-a-service version of its business intelligence tool, Tableau Server.
In May, Tableau MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jul 18, 2013 7:01 AM ET
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