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Microsoft shareholders meeting: Satya Nadella, Steve Ballmer and Jesse Jackson in the house

Microsoft’s shareholders assembly this morning in Bellevue, Wash., is a mirrored image of the dramatic change that has taken place over the previous 12 months at the firm.

For the first time in years, neither Invoice Gates nor Steve Ballmer is on stage. The assembly was opened with a refined presentation from Microsoft chairman John Thompson, standing in entrance of knowledgeable wood-grained stage backdrop relatively than the regular plain black curtains.

Throughout his remarks to the viewers, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked about his imaginative and prescient for the firm, pointing in explicit to the development of Microsoft Azure and cloud providers as an indication of the place Microsoft is headed.

Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer is sitting in the viewers, sipping on a Starbucks drink — the firm’s largest particular person shareholder however now not even a member of the firm’s board.

Sitting subsequent to Ballmer will not be Invoice Gates, however relatively the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was given the alternative to make an prolonged assertion on the firm’s range initiatives — praising its efforts in comparison with different expertise firms, but in addition urgent Microsoft to do extra. Nadella promised to proceed to launch range information, and Thompson stated the board would additionally contemplate new range initiatives.

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