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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Receives 1,000% Salary Increase To $84 Million

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadellla’s $84 million pay package has been approved by shareholders. Nadella who has been with Microsoft for 22 years, held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group before he was appointed CEO in February this year.

In his previous role his total compensation for 2013 came in at $7.6 million. Talk about a pay rise!

Here is a breakdown of the $84 million package:

  • Base salary: $918,917
  • Bonus: $3.6 million
  • Stock Grants: $79.8

The package will not continue at this level though since $59 million of the stock package was issued for the promotion to the CEO position. Aside from performance related bonuses, Microsoft has already announced that Nadella will receive stock valued at $13 million next year.

Microsoft has had a strong year, the stock price has gone up 30% and the latest quarter showed growth across the board. Shareholders have a positive view of the strategy under Nadella however a lot of the growth comes from decisions made under former CEO Steve Ballmer. That being said, the cloud business grew 128% year over year, the business unit Nadella ran before he became CEO.

iPad Sales Will Continue To Decline, Android To Dominate Tablet Market For Years

While Apple had a record quarter last time around, iPad sales continued to disappoint and decreased by 13%.

According to market research firm IDC that trend is going to continue. For the first time since the launch of the iPad it will see a year over year decline which is not surprising if you look at the last few quarters.

Currently the iPad has 27.5% market share which is forecasted to decline to 24.5% by 2018. Android is dominating the space with 67.7% market share but will also experience a slight decrease to 64%.

What Apple and Google leave on the table will benefit Microsoft. During the last earnings we already pointed out that strong demand for the Surface Pro 3 has increased tablet revenues to almost $1 billion and if IDC is right that will multiply as they predict the market share to increase from 4.6% to 11.4%.

Xbox One Black Friday Sales Beats PlayStation 4

The Xbox One was on sale for $349 during Black Friday and the aggressive promotion strategy when it comes to pricing, bundles and advertising seems to have worked out for Microsoft.

According to analyst firm Inforscout, 53% of all console purchases were Xbox One units.

The PlayStation 4 accounted for 31%.

The remaining is made up by purchases of other consoles such as the Nintendo Wii or older generation consoles.

Yahoo Now The Default Firefox Search Engine

Starting in December, Yahoo will replace Google as the default search engine for Firefox.

Yahoo and Mozilla signed a five year agreement which so far is only valid for the U.S. but could expand internationally as well.

Yahoo currently has about 10% share in the search market. Bing comes in at 20% while Google still dominates the space with 67% according to comScore.

Firefox itself also has about 10% of the browser market and Yahoo is looking to at incremental users through the new agreement.

No financial details were disclosed.

Microsoft’s Latest Surface Ad Makes Fun Of The MacBook Air

Microsoft has launched a new Surface Pro 3 ad which once again takes aim at Apple.

“Both a tablet and a laptop in one device? Crazy.

Well, not really. Surface Pro 3 is that and more. Pen, Kickstand, Adobe Photoshop, detachable Keyboard, Office and Windows. The list goes on. Surface Pro 3 – the tablet that can replace your laptop. ”

Let’s compare the two devices objectively: The 12″ Surface 3 Pro and MacBook Air are both powered by an Intel i5 processor, have 4 GB of RAM and the entry-level model has 128 GB of storage. The MacBook Air has up to 12 hours of battery life while the Surface Pro 3 only has 9 hours.

The main advantage of the Surface Pro 3 is obviously the detachable but you will have to buy that separately just like the docking station. The Surface Pro 3 alone costs $999, once you include the keyboard and docking station it will set you back another $300. The MacBook Air retails for $989.

Nokia Launches N1 Android Tablet

Nokia has made a comeback in the consumer space. After it sold of the handset business to Microsoft it wasn’t clear what the company would do in the consumer space.

It might be confusing to some but now Nokia has come out and launched a 7.9″ Android tablet called the N1. It will run Android Lollipop 5.0.

nokia-n1-tablet

Microsoft also has a tablet under the Nokia brand but as with the smartphones they will be re-branded to Microsoft sooner rather than later.

The Nokia N1 is powered by a 2.3 GHz Intel Atom processor, the display resolution is 2,048 x 1536 and it has 32 GB of internal storage. It is equipped with a 8 MP rear and 5 MP front-facing camera.

Unfortunately it does not have a microSD slot.

The N1 comes with the Nokia Z launcher which is a feature that lets you scribble a letter on the letter on the home screen and brings up relevant apps or information.

The Nokia N1 will go on sale in China in February for $249.

Here are the technical specs:

  • Height
  • 200.7mm
  • Width
  • 138.6 mm
  • Depth
  • 6.9 mm
  • Body
  • One-piece design
  • Aluminum with surface anodization
  • Weight
  • 318 g
  • Colors
  • Natural Aluminum or Lava Gray
  • Camera
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus
  • 5 MP front-facing camera, fixed focus
  • 1080p video recording
  • Buttons and connections
  • 3.5 mm audio
  • Micro-USB 2.0 with a Type-C reversible connector
  • Display
  • 7.9 inch (4:3)
  • 2048×1536 resolution
  • Gorilla® glass 3
  • IPS panel with LED backlight
  • Fully laminated zero air-gap display
  • Chip
  • Intel® 64-bit Atom™ Processor Z3580, 2.3 GHz
  • Memory
  • LPDDR3 (800 MHz), 2 GB
  • Storage
  • eMMC 5.0, 32 GB
  • Graphics
  • PowerVR G6430, 533 MHz
  • Audio
  • High Quality Discrete Audio Codec, Wolfson
  • WM8958E, independent audio codec
  • Speakers
  • Two 0.5 W stereo speakers
  • 90 dB with less than 10% total harmonic distortion (THD)
  • Microphone
  • Digital MIC Cavity resonance frequency more than 20 KHz
  • Battery
  • 18.5 Wh (5300 mAh) rechargeable lithium polymer battery (3.7 V)
  • Sensors
  • 6-axis Gyro+Accelerometer
  • Wireless
  • Wi-Fi, (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz & 5GHz) with MIMO
  • Bluetooth, BT 4.0
  • Software
  • Android™ 5.0 Lollipop
  • Nokia Z Launcher