Microsoft names Satya Nadella as MS third CEO. Satya Nadella is 46 years old and has worked at Microsoft since 1992. Nadella previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group.
Founder Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of The Board and assume a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor and will devote more time to the company.
John W.Thompson will replaced Bill Gates as The Chairman of The Board of Directors and remain an Independent director on the Board. John Thompson is a former VP at IBM and the former CEO of Symantec Corporation.
Take a “lookinsyde” of Satya Nadella first interview as CEO in the video below
Bill Gates welcomes Satya Nadella
Meet Chairman John Thompson
Microsoft will end support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 on April 7, 2014.
Microsoft released Windows XP in 2001. XP will become a security risk without updates, MS will release patches to fix problems. However, analyst firm Gardner is reporting that custom support will be available to those willing to pay between $200,000 and $500,000 a year. Gartners also warns that customer support “can as much as double [in price] from year to year as the product moves further away from the end of support.”
Today MS launched Office 2013 for Business. The non-cloud software that Businesses will be able to run on their own servers will be: Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013, and Visio 2013.
Consumer Office 2013 will available through retail and online channels in the 1st quarter of 2013.
We reported the Microsoft Internet Explorer Flaw on Sept 17. MS released Security Update MS12-063 an emergency security to eliminated the IE zero-day bug that has attacked computers through vulnerability in IE 9. This security update is rated Critical for Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, and Internet Explorer 9.
MS Trustworthy Computing director Yunsun Wee released the following statement, “The majority of customers have automatic updates enabled and will not need to take any action because protections will be downloaded and installed automatically. For those manually updating, we encourage you to apply this update as quickly as possible. For more on MS Security Update MS12-063 Click Here.
Steve Ballmer revealed at Microsoft’s annual employee meeting that Microsoft will give it employees a new Surface RT Tablet to use at home and work, A new WindowsPC (Desktop, Laptop, Ultrabook, or Tablet) and a Windows Phone 8 device to use at home or work. Employees are calling this the “Oprah Treatment”.
The more than 90,000 full-time employees direct employees (known as “Blue Badges”) will receive the tablet and phone by late December.