Microsoft's annual CEO summit is even more private for 2014

Is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella attending the company's CEO Summit? We are not sure.

Microsoft is holding its 18th annual CEO summit this week at its Redmond, Washington headquarters. However, the company is keeping the event even more private than it has in the past, and what happens during the summit is already very secret indeed.

In 2013, Microsoft at least offered a brief summary of what its CEO Steve Ballmer told the 120 attendees of the conference during its keynote address. This year, Microsoft's PR team doesn't even go that far in its brief FAQ about the CEO summit. In fact, current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella isn't even mentioned in the FAQ page. which makes one wonder if he's even bothering to attend.

The official press document does say that other major business leaders are attending the summit, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and others. Microsoft says the combined annual sales of the companies that are attending is $3.4 trillion.

The event is not open to the public or press and Microsoft isn't even offering any images or video of the summit. So what's goes on during the three day conference? Microsoft says the collected business leaders engage in organized panels and breakout sessions on a variety of subjects. That's pretty much all the company is saying, as the mystery surrounding this high powered gathering of business leaders continues.

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We can hope that business leaders will clearly show Microsoft the direction it needs to take, if Microsoft wants to retain the business market. There has been way too emphasis on the fickle consumer market at the expense of the business market.

Or get the beetle that was used to spy on the President in The Fifth Element... But be a little more discreet..

I would love to sit in and listen to these guys talk about stuff =)... Man, what a treat that would be. Can anyone get me in? ;)

statm1 said,
You would literally have to be a fly on the wall...

Hmm... If only I had a remote control camera/sound recording fly flier...

This article is totally pointless. It's a meeting amongst a bunch of companies, with open panel and talking about ideas and news which will obviously contain confidential information from the various companies, so obviously it'll be private. Talk about slow news day.

j2006 said,
This article is totally pointless. It's a meeting amongst a bunch of companies, with open panel and talking about ideas and news which will obviously contain confidential information from the various companies, so obviously it'll be private. Talk about slow news day.

The details of what is discussed in previous summits has always been kept private. What the article is pointing out is that, for this year event, details are even scarcer than before and more like a Bilderberg Group meeting.