All three Microsoft CEOs appear at company rally; lots of Lumias record the moment

It was like a scene from a "Doctor Who" convention at Microsoft's Redmond, Washington campus today, except that instead of seeing different incarnations of television's Time Lord, employees were treated to what may be an even rarer sighting. All three of the company's CEOs appeared during the company rally that was held at "Studio D" on campus and it looks like the crowd loved what they saw.

The official Microsoft Twitter account recorded the event, which saw company founder and first CEO Bill Gates share the stage with leader number 2 Steve Ballmer. In the center is Satya Nadella, the third and latest CEO of Microsoft in its 38 year history. The photo shows employees surrounding the trio and taking pictures of the gathering. It looks like Nokia's Lumia smartphones got a lot of use today, which is appropriate since Microsoft should be acquiring the Devices and Services unit from Nokia in the next few weeks.

Microsoft's Twitter account also posted another image of all three Microsoft CEOs today, this time in a more private moment and joined by Microsoft's new Chairman John Thompson.

Microsoft's YouTube channel also has a quick video of the event, which you can see above. The company also posted a brief clip of Nadella speaking to the crowd, where he once again pushed forward the theme that Microsoft will try to become more innovative in the future as it moves towards its mobile and cloud goals.

The official Microsoft blog also has some comments from now former CEO Steve Ballmer, who said of Nadella, "Satya is thoughtful. Satya is cool. Satya is deep. He sees the playing field. He really thinks things through. He’s absolutely the perfect choice as our new CEO."

Source: Microsoft on Twitter

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When I bought my L1020, I got the same treatment. This phone sucks, why did you buy it, why not galaxy or iPhone blah blah. After a while, now everyone asks me to take the photo...

Crimson Rain said,
When I bought my L1020, I got the same treatment. This phone sucks, why did you buy it, why not galaxy or iPhone blah blah. After a while, now everyone asks me to take the photo...

I hate that. But you know what's funny? all my friends have had to send in their Galaxy's time and time again, for various hardware failures, while I'm still rocking my Lumia.

Dot Matrix said,

I hate that. But you know what's funny? all my friends have had to send in their Galaxy's time and time again, for various hardware failures, while I'm still rocking my Lumia.

Dot I'm a proud owner of a Lumia 1520 however I've owned a boatload of android devices and never had one single hardware failure with any of them, I am simply curious as to what kind of hardware problems have your friends been having?

Order_66 said,

Dot I'm a proud owner of a Lumia 1520 however I've owned a boatload of android devices and never had one single hardware failure with any of them, I am simply curious as to what kind of hardware problems have your friends been having?

Volume control issues, unresponsive touchscreens/buttons, battery issues, etc.

Dot Matrix said,

Volume control issues, unresponsive touchscreens/buttons, battery issues, etc.

For me, I've had to deal with Samsung Galaxy devices with intermittent Exchange ActiveSync problems (with Office365) that are mysterious to fix -- mostly, I end up deleting the account and adding it back in

Dot Matrix said,

I hate that. But you know what's funny? all my friends have had to send in their Galaxy's time and time again, for various hardware failures, while I'm still rocking my Lumia.

The Smart Shoot on the Lumia also gets a lot of attention.

I also raise a smile when I see another Facebook post saying "Can you send me over your numbers" when a phone has crashed or been lost. Not that I've needed to yet but get a new windows phone, log in, all the contacts are there.

Yeah, when I want to take some really good pictures I think about a phone and not an actual pro camera. /sarcasim

In case you didn't know, the majority of these people didn't know the announcement was today. It was announced just this morning and most people don't lug a huge DSLR or point and shoot with them everywhere they go. A Lumia is the next best thing

margrave said,
Yeah, when I want to take some really good pictures I think about a phone and not an actual pro camera. /sarcasim

As I have mentioned previously...

Imagine a future where a phone is capable of grabbing 50gb of pixels in a 360 degree field of view at 120fps.

Which can later be used to create shots and clips from that moment. This 'model' is what the 1020 is getting users accustomed, as they are learning to grab a lot of data/pixels and then later pick shots out of that data. (Also image three or four users doing this in an array, and combining their data for a full VR experience of any moment.)

Also, a side effect of this many pixels even today, is the 1020 can compete with a lot of sub 20mp DSLR cameras. I have a DSLR from around 2009, and even with its larger sensor and far more advanced lens it still fails to beat a 1020 camera phone 90% of the time.

Give the technology 10 years, and a dedicated camera will be for the truly serious photographers/filmmakers.

margrave said,
Yeah, when I want to take some really good pictures I think about a phone and not an actual pro camera. /sarcasim

You obviously don't have a 1020 if you think you need an "actual pro camera" to take "really good pictures".

margrave said,
Yeah, when I want to take some really good pictures I think about a phone and not an actual pro camera. /sarcasim
Whazzat, a new kinda SIM for the 1020?

Interesting to find out here in the comments some of these phones are actually in the hands of customers.

JHBrown said,
Who buys a phone for a camera?

Do we live in a different reality? Cameras are one of the most important features of phones now.

JHBrown said,
Who buys a phone for a camera?

I think it's more like, if I'm going to buy a $500+ phone, why not have a decent camera? Most iPhones have reasonable cameras, but go buy a Android or Windows phone with a crappy camera, and you may miss it!

JHBrown said,
Who buys a phone for a camera?

Different people, different requirements. I for one like phone with great camera as I travel a lot and cant carry my DSLR to every place. So a phone with top notch camera is best for me.

Funny. The camera used to be one of the primary selling points of the earlier generation iPhones, and Apple still uses it as a selling point. Considering what you own (As you so gleefully tell us somewhat frequently), I would've thought you'd know that.

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