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Shareholders want Bill Gates's Microsoft exit

Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft in the mid-seventies and went on to build the business into a software behemoth that shaped the digital lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Microsoft investors call for Bill Gates' departure

Sources within the company have reported that three major shareholders are worried that Gates' influence might obstruct future changes

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in tearful Dirty Dancing farewell to staff

Outgoing boss gives the most excruciating farewell speech in corporate history to thousands of employees in Seattle

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bids employees a tearful farewell, promises that Microsoft will 'change the world again'

The exiting CEO who will retire August 2014 made an emotional final speech to the company's 13,000 full-time staff

Microsoft unveils biggest Bing redesign yet, but can they take on Google?

New revamp aligns Bing as one of Microsoft's four core platforms next to Office, Windows and Xbox

Microsoft's Cortana: rival to Apple's Siri named after fictional AI

The next-generation of 'intelligent personal assistants' will step even closer to sci-fi's vision of artificial intelligent, but will this be in name only?

Stephen Elop back in Microsoft's fold and in the field for CEO after Nokia deal

No sooner had Stephen Elop been named Nokia's chief executive in 2010 than rumours began to circulate about a closer relationship between the Finnish firm and Mr Elop's long-time employer, Microsoft.

Microsoft buys struggling mobile arm from Nokia for £4.6bn

The software giant is looking to make gains in the mobile market, and will acquire all of the Finnish handset-maker’s patents as part of the deal

Microsoft's new CEO: bookies offer 5/1 on Nokia chief Stephen Elop; Apple CEO Tim Cook at 100/1

Elop leads a pool of possible candidates mostly populated by Microsoft insiders past and present.

Microsoft shares soar on news of boss ‘Monkey Boy’ Steve Ballmer's impending retirement

News of a change at the top sends the software behemoth’s shares soaring

Bill Gates shows off the original Microsoft smart watch - the Fossil SPOT - in 2003. Reuters/Jeff Christensen

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Development for the upcoming device have been moved to the Surface team responsible for Microsoft's latest tablets

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveils Windows 8.1

Microsoft announces reshuffle: 'One Strategy, One Microsoft'

Corporate restructuring sees new focus on devices and services, and the promise of a single Windows ecosystem

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Mattrick will become new CEO as founder Mark Pincus steps down

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 in October 2012

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