Items tagged with Satya Nadella

If you perform a clean install of Windows 10, you shouldn’t be too surprised that Microsoft Edge is chosen as your default web browser. After all, it’s the only browser installed by default (well, I guess you could also count the old and decrepit Internet Explorer, which still lingers around for compatibility purposes). But when performing an upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10, you would expect for the installer to retain your preferences for the default web browser. Unfortunately, expectations don’t often match reality. If you have a competing browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google... Read more...
Microsoft’s venture into the smartphone market has been a disaster. The Redmond, Washington-based company purchased Nokia’s Devices and Services Division last year, and earlier this month announced that it was taking a $7.6 billion write-down on the $7.2 billion purchase. The Nokia folly also resulted in Microsoft positing a $2.1 billion loss for fiscal Q4 2015. So how does Microsoft plan on reversing its fortunes in the cutthroat smartphone market that is dominated by Android in market share and iOS in profits? For CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s smartphone revamp will start at the top and trickle... Read more...
Microsoft’s takeover Nokia’s Devices and Services division has been nothing short of a disaster. The company is axing 7,800 employees from its phone division and is writing off $7.6 billion in costs related to last year’s $7.2 billion acquisition. “We will need to innovate in new areas, execute against our plans, make some tough choices in areas where things are not working and solve hard problems in ways that drive customer value,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella when announcing the drastic measures he took with regards to Microsoft’s smartphone operations. “In the longer term, Microsoft devices... Read more...
Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division has been a disaster of epic proportions. Microsoft brought over most of Nokia’s employees into the Microsoft fold, only to jettison many of them over the past year. The culmination of this Nokia culling occurred this morning with the announcement that Microsoft is axing 7,800 employees, primarily from its smartphone division. To add insult to injury, Microsoft is taking a $7.6 billion impairment charge on its $7.2 billion Nokia purchase. Youch! There’s just no way to sugarcoat this unfortunate turn of events, but Microsoft... Read more...
Not too long ago, there were some serious doubts as to whether Microsoft and Yahoo would be able to ink a deal to continue there search partnership. However, those fears were unwarranted, as the two companies today announced that they have forged a new agreement the will still see Microsoft’s Bing engine power Yahoo search. There are of course a few changes compared to the original search deal that was put in place back in 2009. This time around, the search partnership is non-exclusive for both desktop and mobile search. So while Yahoo will still be using Bing technology to power the majority of... Read more...
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has a good reason to smile. According to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Nadella will receive a compensation package worth $84.3 million this year. The amount is comprised mostly of the estimated value of one-time stock awards that was given to Nadella as an incentive to keep him at Microsoft during the company’s search for a new CEO. Back in February, Nadella was confirmed as Microsoft’s new CEO, making him the third person to be in that position. However, Nadella will not receive that same one-time stock until 2019. According... Read more...
Open mouth and insert foot. It's what every public speaker hopes to avoid, only Microsoft chief Satya Nadella wasn't so lucky when he casually addressed the topic of pay raises for women who work in technology. While speaking to a room full of mostly females at a conference designed to celebrate women in computing, Nadella drew criticism for suggesting that lady workers in technology refrain from asking for raises and instead pin their hopes on karma. "It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,"... Read more...
At the Talent India 2014 event, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, joined by India’s Human Resource Development Minister Smitri Irani, addressed students on the subject of their future and possibilities. During his talk, Nadella spoke about the importance of emotional quotient (EQ) over intelligence quotient (IQ). “In the long run, EQ trumps IQ,” said Nadella to his audience. “Without being a source of energy for others very little can be accomplished.” The event was broadcasted across 20 states, 300 cities, and 750 locations with Nadella telling students that the opportunity... Read more...
In a second round of layoffs, Microsoft has let go of 2,100 employees on Thursday. According to a company spokesman, 747 of those employees were located in the Seattle area and the remaining cuts will occur at other locations worldwide. The layoffs are part of Microsoft’s plan to eliminate a total of 18,000 jobs as Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella is looking to realign the company’s workforce. Back in July, the software company announced that 12,500 employees would be let go from its Nokia handset and service business which it had acquired. The acquisition brought with... Read more...
Microsoft's plans to lay off some 18,000 employees have caused ripples in the tech industry -- it's one of the largest layoffs ever announced at a major IT company -- and some of those ripples have spread to Capitol Hill. On Friday, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) tore into Microsoft for the hypocrisy of pushing for more H1-B visas while it simultaneously laid off thousands of workers. Sessions blasted a recent op-ed by Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Sheldon Adelson in which the three industry titans called for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, noting that: What did we see... Read more...
In a lengthy and open memo to employees regarding Microsoft's future, company CEO Satya Nadella mentioned having to "flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes." That sounds an awful lot like cost cutting measures might be in Microsoft's future, though Nadella managed to dodge an inquiry on whether that will also include job cuts, as the statement strongly seems to imply. "There will be many opportunities for me to talk more about our specific fiscal plans on the 22nd," Nadella said, referring to the date Microsoft will release its next quarterly earnings report. Image Source:... Read more...
Steve Ballmer came to the conclusion that Microsoft would be better served by having new blood lead the company into whatever era lies ahead, and so he began his farewell tour last year. That tour ended with the eventual promotion of Satya Nadella to Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who previously was Microsoft's lead man in the server and tools division. It's a big promotion, to say the least, and right away Nadella has identified a key to Microsoft's long-term success -- reinvention. In an interview with The New York Times, Nadella touched on a number of topics, including his "big picture thoughts"... Read more...
What's quickly becoming one of the worst kept secrets in Redmond is that Microsoft is planning to promote Satya Nadella to the position of Chief Executive Officer, provided the two sides can come to terms on a contract. Nadella was always a candidate, though his name began coming up around the rumor mill a bit more frequently once candidates like Ford's Alan Mulally and Ericcson's Hans Vestberg dropped out of the running. Citing "a person familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal says Microsoft is currently in negotiations with Nadella to succeed Ballmer. If things go well, it would be... Read more...