Microsoft has named Satya Nadella is its next CEO. Nadella takes the reigns from Steve Ballmer who has headed the company since founder Bill Gates stepped down a decade ago.

Nadella has been at Microsoft for 22 years, working on the Xbox, Office, and Bing teams, among others. Microsoft is in the middle of a big change.

Satya Nadella

The company has long been best known for making software, but in recent years Microsoft has been trying to transition into a “devices and services” company. Nadella’s experience working on cloud services shows that Microsoft’s priorities are shifting.

Meanwhile Bill Gates is stepping down from his position as chairman of the board of directors. But that’s because he’s taking a more hands-on role as “Founder and Technology Advisor.”

Former CEO Steve Ballmer will hold a position on the board of directors, but Nadella takes over as CEO starting immediately.

 

 

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8 replies on “Meet Microsoft’s new CEO: Satya Nadella”

  1. Intel has done well recently making their chips more efficient so it would seem like there isn’t a need for RT. It’s hard to say how things will be in a few years. If ARM starts to outpace Intel, then Microsoft is going to need an OS that runs on ARM. I think they should merge Windows RT and Windows Phone into one mobile OS. There isn’t much difference between RT and Windows Phone. They could make the interface change depending on screen size. They should drop the “Windows” name from the mobile OS. You’re not using “windows” when all your apps are running full screen. They could call it Microsoft Go, or Microsoft Mobile.

  2. It seems a lack of hair is the new requirement for being in charge of Microsoft? 🙂
    If they are going more into hardware and not just software, perhaps they are trying to be more like Appple?
    I think they should rename Windows 8 to be Windows Tab since it is more suited for tablet computers and other similar devices. I think Windows 9 should be more like Windows 7; more business oriented.
    Hopefully they won’t force their operating system on those who don’t need and/or want it. Hopeing they will stop ‘rattling their sword’ towards non-Windows operating systems.

    1. I think it’s time the OS on xbox, desktop, tablets, and phones was one single entity, and that support for ARM gets more robust….

      Also, I think MSFT should stop playing ball with any other industry and provide software people want instead of erecting artificial boundaries and following the examples of Google and Apple…

  3. Lots of talk about selling off Bing and Xbox. I doubt either will happen. They will be needed as part of Microsoft’s future integration plans. What should happen first is killing of RT.

    1. Bing I can sorta see, but they’d be leaving the search market entirely up to Google, so who knows if that’s a wise long term decision. Barriers to new entrants in the space are pretty high.

      xBox, I’ve been saying for years, is MSFT’s ace: it should be light years ahead of Apple TV and competing products but it isn’t for lack of execution. Talk about Sony selling Playstation makes me shiver in the same way.

      But RT? Come on, now that ARM processors are finally getting powerful enough to challenge x86, it would be the worst possible moment to do that.

      Bloomberg had a commentator suggesting that Nadella is a ‘product’ guy, not a bookkeeper, and this is the most significant part of the change at the top, and I get that, seems like it makes sense, and it definitely jibes with Ballmer’s comments about the direction and leadership MSFT needs.

      1. Why have Windows, RT and Windows phone? RT and Windows phone should be one OS that can run on different types of devices (like iOS and Android). This should be on phones, home automation, cars, POS terminals, etc. With the new very efficient chips from Intel there is no reason not to run full Windows on tablets. It gives them an advantage over the competition. I just want to see the UI change automatically depending on usage. Docked it is the traditional UI, handheld it is “Modern (Metro)”.

  4. Good luck! This is like being handed the helm of the Titanic just as the iceburg has been discovered. The ship can be saved if you do the right things, but it is hard to know what is right until a long time after.

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