As Steve Ballmer leave, and Microsoft mulls a replacement, it’s time to remember the greatest executives in the software giant’s history.
Steve Ballmer got hired in 1980 as Microsoft's first business manager. He had previously worked for two years as an assistant product manager - at which company?
- Proctor & Gamble
- General Motors
Since standing down, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been famed for his philanthropy. Which of the following is a project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?
- Internet delivered by airships
- The One Laptop Per Child initiative
- Advanced toilets for developing countries
Which of the following has Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen invested in since leaving the firm?
- Civilian space travel
- Cryogenic freezing
- Genetic engineering
Microsoft's former Business Division head Stephen Elop is now CEO of which company?
What software product did Ray Ozzie create before he joined Microsoft as chief technical officer in 2005?
- Lotus Notes
- Adobe Acrobat
Steven Sonofsky, head of the Windows division, left Microsoft abruptly, after the launch of which Windows version?
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
Julie Larson Green is vice president of what division at Microsoft (in August 2013)?
- Cloud services (Azure)
- Devices and Studios (hardware/games)
- Applications (eg Office, Sharepoint)
Bob Muglia, head of the server and tools division, left in 2011, to head up software at which company?
- Juniper Networks
Terry Myerson is VP of operating systems. As head of mobile in 2008, which struggling product did he kill off?
- Windows Mobile
What were Tami Reller's responsibilities before her promotion to marketing vice president in 2013?
- Human Resources
You may not have heard of former Microsoft corporate strategist Jamen Shively. What business venture has he been involved with since leaving the firm?
- A legal marijuana brand
- A Windows theme park
- Cloned meat production
Where did COO Kevin Turner work before joining Microsoft in 2005?
- The Department of Defense
- Gap Inc
Internet boffin Tony Bates hails from Isleworth and is Microsoft's vice president of business development. Which company did he lead before joining Microsoft?
Qi Lu is vice president for Bing. Where was he before?
- Ask Jeeves
Satya Nadella worked at Sun Microsystems before coming to Microsoft, where he is a vice president. What is he in charge of?
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