Ballmer became the chief executive officer of Microsoft when Bill Gates stepped down from day-to-day management in January 2000. Since then, the exuberant Microsoft CEO has struggled to keep the world’s biggest software maker relevant in the age of Apple. The company unveiled its own Windows-powered tablet computer—Surface—in June 2012.
Microsoft Corp. said Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie plans to retire in 2014 after two decades and has shifted to a new role as a senior adviser to Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer.
HTC Corp. plans to make tablets based on the Windows operating system, giving Microsoft Corp. another ally in its challenge to Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in the $63.2 billion market, people familiar with the matter said.
Bloomberg Markets’ inaugural list of the world’s richest people showcases the billionaires who pull the levers on the global economy. Their net worth totals $2.7 trillion, about the size of the gross domestic product of France, the fifth-biggest economy on the planet.
Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said the maker of Windows programs must exploit the opportunity to combine hardware and software as it challenges Apple Inc.’s iPad with the Surface tablet computer.
Microsoft Corp. is selling four times as many Windows phones as this time last year, helped by a new version of its phone software for more powerful handsets with faster screens, Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said.