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"Word, PowerPoint and Excel are all authoring tools," Ballmer said during an appearance at the Gartner Symposium. "They are optimized for use with keyboards and mice.

"The... last time I checked, the iPad didn't have a paradigm for keyboard or mice. iPad will be picked up when we do what I would call not just a touch-enabled, but a touch-first user interface [for Offic...

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“Several internal sources” supposedly told tech website Neowin that the Surface 2 64GB, the Surface Pro 2 256GB and Surface Pro 2 512MB are all backordered, as well as the Touch Cover and... the Type Cover in purple and black. One other Surface accessory, the new Arc Mouse, is also apparently out of stock.

This is outstanding news for Microsoft, especially as the tablets only went u...

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Elop left Nokia to re-join Microsoft as Executive VP of Devices and Services following Microsoft’s deal to buy the handset business for $7.2 billion.

The former Nokia chief executive... remains the bookies’ favorite to replace Steve Ballmer, who retires in 12 months, with Ballmer himself doing little to pour scorn on the idea in an interview with The Seattle Times.

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The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2014 and will see a total of 32,000 workers transfer from Nokia to Microsoft, with this figure including 18,300 that are “directly involved in manufacturing”.

Stephen... Elop, Nokia’s now-former CEO and also previously of Microsoft, is also stepping aside to move to Microsoft’s Devices division, leaving Risto Siilasmaa as interim CEO of Nokia. One other notable change will see Mark...

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Ballmer confirmed the news and said that it is now the “right time” to bid farewell.

"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,"... said Ballmer in a statement, reflecting on the company's recent restructuring program. "We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team.<...

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“We will design, create and deliver through us and through third parties a complete family of Windows-powered devices,” Ballmer said. “Our family will include a full spectrum of both... partner and first-party devices. Our family will include phones, tablets, PCs, 2-in-1s, TV-attached devices and other devices to be imagined and developed.”

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In a lengthy email entitled “One Microsoft”, Ballmer revealed the new changes and spelled out how he expects them to make the company faster and more efficient.

“Today, we are... announcing a far-reaching realignment of the company that will enable us to innovate with greater speed, efficiency and capability in a fast changing world,” wrote Ballmer, who stays on as chief e...

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Citing “people familiar with the matter”, Bloomberg reports that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is considering a company restructuring which will see former Skype president Tony Bates control... acquisitions and relationships with software developers, with Larson-Green to oversee the firm’s hardware engineering.

The change is expected to come into effect as early as next week

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Speaking at the Build Conference on Wednesday, Ballmer waved around a Lenovo ThinkPad Helix hybrid tablet and made his pitch as to why convertible devices are the way forward.

"How many... of us have gone to a meeting with somebody who brought a tablet and then when it comes time to actually take notes, writes them down on pencil and paper,” said Ballmer.

“Or can'...