Microsoft names Satya Nadella as new CEO

Third CEO has "the unanimous support of our Board"

Microsoft has fulfilled the predictions of many speculators by naming Satya Nadella as its third CEO this afternoon.

Nadella has been with the company for 22 years and brings extensive knowledge of engineering and strategy development to the role.

"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella," said Microsoft founder Bill Gates. "Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth."

"Having worked with him for more than 20 years, I know that Satya is the right leader at the right time for Microsoft," added outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. "I've had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented employees and senior leadership team in the industry, and I know their passion and hunger for greatness will only grow stronger under Satya's leadership."

"We are the only ones who can harness the power of software and deliver it through devices and services that truly empower every individual and every organization"

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

The 46 year old Nadella penned an open letter to Microsoft employees, outlining his vision for the company - an ethos which he says revolves around using technology to make the world a better place to live in for everybody.

"Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work," Nadella writes. "I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world. I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place. I knew there was no better company to join if I wanted to make a difference. This is the very same inspiration that continues to drive me today.

"It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve and Bill have taken it from an idea to one of the greatest and most universally admired companies in the world. I've been fortunate to work closely with both Bill and Steve in my different roles at Microsoft, and as I step in as CEO, I've asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products. I'm also looking forward to working with John Thompson as our new Chairman of the Board."

"As we look forward, we must zero in on what Microsoft can uniquely contribute to the world. The opportunity ahead will require us to reimagine a lot of what we have done in the past for a mobile and cloud-first world, and do new things.

"We are the only ones who can harness the power of software and deliver it through devices and services that truly empower every individual and every organization. We are the only company with history and continued focus in building platforms and ecosystems that create broad opportunity."

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Renaud Charpentier Game Director, The Creative Assembly8 years ago
Does anyone knows what this new CEO thinks about gaming and Xbox? Was he among the named candidates that talked about dropping the game division entirely as it's not MS main business? That would be a major thing for our industry... and the contrary, a reinforced focus on gaming would move lines too...
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 8 years ago
And Bill Gates has quit as Microsoft chairman to take up a new role as technology adviser.
That could be portentous.
It sounds far more hands on.
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Every azure cloud has a silver lining
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John Kara Consultant 8 years ago
Satya Nadella nurtured Microsoft's Cloud business and has gained enormous respect amongst his peers for his technical insights and engineering mindset. This could bode well for the Xbox division, especially with its transition to digital delivery mechanisms and gaming-on-demand models that are rapidly becoming the norm.
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Chris Taylor General Manager, Wargaming.Net8 years ago
I think this is a great new start for MS. I'm cheering for them now, especially when they make great decisions like this. We need them to succeed, we need them to balance the power and influence of Apple and Google (two companies I'm also a very big fan of). MS is well positioned to return to its roots of innovation and bring that balance. As long as it took them to make this tough decision, it's far from too late, and I'm excited about what they'll do under this new leadership.
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Tim Carter Designer - Writer - Producer 8 years ago
Unaminous consensus of the board = design-by-committee... aka... groupthink
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee8 years ago

Well, Elop was said to be one of those who would consider dropping the Xbox division. Even though he's not CEO, some expect he's set to gain increasing power over devices under the new strategy.

As for my thoughts on the appointment, I'm really glad to see a new person at the top. Hopefully this will reduce missed opportunities for the company and enable Microsoft to get back to world changing software innovation. We'll but a change is good
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Petter Solberg Freelance Writer & Artist, 8 years ago
Sounds like a real preacher. As long as the change is for the better, I don't care. Good luck, Satya Nadella and MS!

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Petter Solberg on 5th February 2014 8:25am

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 8 years ago
an ethos which he says revolves around using technology to make the world a better place to live in for everybody.
Talk about a quote setting yourself up to get your ass handed to you by South Park, this is the gold standard.

Satya Nadella as the new CEO is a great symbol for Microsoft's core strengths in the business sector.
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Renaud Charpentier Game Director, The Creative Assembly8 years ago
Mmm, in the time all my friends were fans of Linux and hated what they wrote M$, I was praising the ease of use of their OS. But I must admit I was not impress by their last products... be it their phones, RT tablets, Win8 and even Xbone, they kind of dropped the ball. And as Chris wrote above, I want a strong MS to challenge all the Apple and Google of the world...

Windows 9, whatever its name, will be the test of fire for me, I use Win7 here at work and dared to go 8 at home... and I AM NOT ENTERTAINED... it's really bad for a standard desktop/gaming usage, with some terrible user interface choices. And it has nothing to do with "you don't like new stuff" I loved and adapted to iOS in 5 mins... still gets badly surprised by Win8 after months of use.
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The giant elephant in the room is what would Gates say (and resurgent involvement might result)
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Michael Vandendriessche Studying Computer Science, K.U. Leuven8 years ago
I'm looking forward to seeing a new Microsoft.
Hope this is as interesting as it sounds.
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