Microsoft has named their new CEO: Satya Nadella. Nadella is the former chief of Cloud and Enterprise group, which should give you an indication of the direction that Microsoft wants the company to go. Alongside this announcement, it was revealed that Bill Gates’ role will now be “founder and technology advisor”, instead of chairman as he was before.
Nadella is set to replace Steve Ballmer, long time Microsoft CEO, who announced his intention to retire last August. Nadella was born in India in 1967, and joined Microsoft in 1992. Nadella has been instrumental in creating the cloud operating systems that are used to power things like Xbox Live.
In a prepared statement, Microsoft founder Bill Gates gave Nadella his blessing saying “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella. Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together.” Nadella spoke about his new role saying “Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionised the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company,” Nadella said.”
Nadella becomes CEO after a record breaking 2nd Quarter, and the massive success that was the launch of the Xbox One. That’s not to say it’s all smiles and rainbows, the companies primary revenue stream, companies purchasing licenses for their software like the Window Operating system, has declined with the decline in PC shipments. On top of that, Windows 8 has been poorly received, and the Surface tablets have been something of a disaster. Office and other software are still offering the company major revenue though, and many fixes to Windows 8 have made it far less awful.
by, Bobby Marquardt