Steve Ballmer

Microsoft profit misses; books Surface charge

Microsoft quarterly results show a poor reception for its Windows 8 operating system and tepid appetite for its tablets. Photo: Reuters

Microsoft Corp.’s foray into the tablet computer market resulted in a large write-down for the April-June quarter, and a poor reception for Windows 8 contributed to a drop in operating system software revenue.

Friday, 19 July, 2013, 9:56am

Steve Ballmer tightens his grip on Microsoft with major revamp

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Microsoft's sweeping re-organisation on Thursday creates a company that, more than ever, bears the stamp of chief executive Steve Ballmer.

The face of Microsoft since he took the reins from Bill Gates in 2000, Ballmer stressed the importance of improving internal collaboration and eliminating redundancies when he released the company's new organisational blueprint.

13 Jul 2013 - 2:20am

Microsoft aims to power mobile effort in major overhaul

Microsoft revolutionised personal computing in the 1980s, but has fallen behind in recent years. Photo: Reuters

Microsoft launched its biggest internal overhaul in five years to streamline the development of products from Windows to tablets, hoping to catch nimbler rivals in mobile and cloud computing.

12 Jul 2013 - 10:24am 1 comment

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Gate closes on chief executive candidates at 5pm

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Lights go out an hour earlier to show that AIA 'loves the earth'

We reported yesterday that an elderly shareholder had chided AIA at its AGM on Thursday about the neon sign on top of its North Point headquarters. He claimed the sign was lit up from dusk till dawn and asked that it be turned off at 11pm 'to show we love the earth.'

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I am happy and relieved

Former legislator Mandy Tam Heung-man, after being acquitted of inducing people to vote for her with a free seminar

John Edwards has done wrong in his life, and he knows it better than anyone, but he did not break the law

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Outlet for grudges untold

Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-founder of Microsoft by Paul Allen Penguin

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

New deals see Microsoft making up for lost time in China

More than a month since President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States and to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, the software giant has been moving fast to make up for lost time in China.

30 May 2006 - 12:00am

'Legendary leader' in court spotlight

Lee Kai-fu, the former Microsoft executive caught in the tug-of-war between two feuding tech giants, is prized as much for his knowledge of Chinese government officials and business practices as for his technical knowledge.

Microsoft is seeking a preliminary injunction in a Seattle court to prevent Mr Lee working for arch-rival Google pending a full trial scheduled for January.

12 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Mast ruling puts phone giant on hold

Hutchison has come in for much criticism over the rollout of its third-generation mobile network in Britain. Critics say transfer rates are slower than advertised, the costs are too high and, most critically, network reception is poor.

28 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Ballmer's bet one in a billion

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer must need cash.

In fact, he must be so desperate for the stuff that he's started taking bets.

Mr B - who has been among the world's top five richest people - was speaking at a Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday.

14 May 2001 - 12:00am

Gates overtakes sultan as world's richest man

Bill Gates has become the first US$50 billion man, overtaking the Sultan of Brunei as the world's richest person.

His net worth jumped 40 per cent from a year ago to US$51 billion (HK$394 billion), an increase of US$475 per second.

22 Jun 1998 - 12:00am