Gates promises over 1/3 of time for Microsoft; Nadella talks mobile/cloud

In a video released by Microsoft (MSFT +0.3%), ex-chairman/technology adviser Bill Gates says he'll spend over 1/3 of his available time at the company to "meet with product groups."

Gates, whose attention has lately been heavily focused on his $38B foundation, adds this represents a substantial increase in the amount of time devoted to the company he co-founded.

Meanwhile, new CEO Satya Nadella's frequent references to mobile devices and cloud services in this morning's employee e-mail aren't going unnoticed.

Nadella: "Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world ... The co-evolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize — many of the things we do and experience in business, life and our world. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning."

Previous: Microsoft names Nadella CEO, Gates steps down as chairman

Update: Microsoft has released a video "interview" of Nadella

Update 2: Convenient timing? Mobile location check-in leader Foursquare announces Microsoft has invested $15M in the company, and struck a licensing deal that allows it to integrate Foursquare's data within its products.

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  • RipCrackle
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    MSFT needed a geek CEO and they got a geek CEO. This is a good thing for MSFT investors.
    4 Feb 2014, 12:20 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    Still down 35% from 14 yrs ago
    4 Feb 2014, 12:37 PM Reply Like
  • Joseph Harry
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    That's what happens when you pay 40-50 times earnings for a stock that doesn't have the prospects to grow into that insane valuation.
    4 Feb 2014, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • bgudgel
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    Down 35% from astronomical tech bubble valuations. What's your point?
    4 Feb 2014, 01:46 PM Reply Like
  • jammerculture
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    You sir, should not be investing.
    4 Feb 2014, 01:56 PM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    People who pay 40 to 50 times earning deserve to loose their money, they are gambling not investing. They were luck that Gates and Ballmer bailed them out!
    20 Feb 2014, 11:14 AM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    What about facebook?
    20 Feb 2014, 11:15 AM Reply Like
  • khlim115
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    $MSFT, welcome to the world of mobile and cloud computing. You are only a half decade late.
    4 Feb 2014, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • Joseph Harry
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    and already a leader in hybrid cloud
    4 Feb 2014, 02:00 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    They have the best cloud solution in the business which is better than even Amazon's solution. Nobody is in a better position to take the crown away from Amazon than Microsoft.
    4 Feb 2014, 02:09 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    They appear to have a very good position in the cloud & can maximize with corps that already use their products. IMO, it will be very difficult to move the needle in mobile against current competition.
    4 Feb 2014, 02:36 PM Reply Like
  • RipCrackle
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    I love such snarky and uninformed comments. Makes me want to keep buying MSFT.
    4 Feb 2014, 02:43 PM Reply Like
  • djblackprince
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    Nadella sounds like a man who is not interested in selling off "under performing" units. He sounds all in on the One Microsoft strategy.
    4 Feb 2014, 03:30 PM Reply Like
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