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From Gates to Nadella: Microsoft through the years
Question of the Day
Microsoft Corp. has named Satya Nadella, head of its cloud computing business, as the company’s next CEO. He immediately replaces Steve Ballmer, who had announced in August that he would retire from the world’s biggest software company after more than 13 years at its helm. Here’s a look at key moments in Microsoft’s history.
- 1980: Ballmer joins the company.
- 1981: IBM ships first personal computers running MS-DOS operating system.
- 1992: Nadella joins the company.
- Aug. 24, 1995: Windows 95 is released in one of Microsoft’s biggest product launches ever.
- May 18, 1998: Justice Department and 20 states sue Microsoft, accusing the maker of the ubiquitous Windows operating system of abusing its market power to thwart competition from Netscape and others.
- Nov. 2, 2001: Justice Department announces settlement of Microsoft antitrust case.
- Nov. 15, 2001: Microsoft releases its Xbox video game system, one of the company’s most successful products.
- March 26, 2004: At a conference for online advertisers, Ballmer says Microsoft’s biggest mistake was failing to develop its own search engine, which caused it to fall behind rivals Google and Yahoo. “That’s probably the thing I feel worst about over the last few years,” says Ballmer. Ballmer vows to put more money into research and development of search technology at Microsoft.
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