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Microsoft reportedly has chosen its new CEO, and may also replace Bill Gates as chairman

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Microsoft reportedly has chosen its new CEO, and may also replace Bill Gates as chairman
The search has been long, a bit over five months now, but reports are saying that Microsoft might be close to naming its new CEO. There were plenty of rumored names for the position since current CEO Steve Ballmer announced that he would be stepping down, not least of which was Stephen Elop, who some thought had the inside track following Microsoft's purchase of Nokia. But, new reports are saying the choice will actually be Satya Nadella.

Nadella is currently the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. Nadella apparently has been chosen for a number of reasons, not least of which is his experience inside Microsoft where he has worked since 1992. Sources are saying that Nadella became the frontrunner for the position weeks ago, but his selection isn't 100% certain. Microsoft's executive VP of Business, Tony Bates, and Nokia chief Stephen Elop are reportedly still technically in the running, but neither has much chance in the race. 

Quartz happened to interview Nadella just last month in December, and learned that his vision for Microsoft is one that is heavily focused on "devices and services" which is to say hardware and the cloud. Nadella understands the hugely powerful disruptive force of the cloud, and he thinks Microsoft has a solid base for competing in that space where Google and Amazon are the current leaders.

The official announcement may happen within the next week, at which point we should learn more about the details of the succession plan. Steve Ballmer has said that he would be retiring no later than August, but it seems likely that the transition would be made sooner than that. 

Another interesting bit of news is that Microsoft may also be discussing replacing Bill Gates as chairman of the board. There is already a pre-set plan in place which would leave Gates with no financial stake in Microsoft by 2018, but insiders at Microsoft may want to speed up that plan. Although, even if Gates is replaced as chairman, he would likely still remain active in the company. One name being floated as a possible replacement as chairman is John Thompson who is the former chairman and CEO of Symantec Corp, and joined the Microsoft board in 2012.

source: Bloomberg & Quartz

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posted on 31 Jan 2014, 08:37 4

1. aranauser (Posts: 57; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Indians must be proud

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 08:49 3

3. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


What a racial fanaticism.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 08:51 1

4. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Similiar to Nazism I think.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:20 1

11. YuLeven (Posts: 49; Member since: 14 May 2013)


Indeed, Felix.

I have a hard time trying to understand the twisted mentality of people that are in some way proud because of someone who was born inside the same imaginary borders or belongs to the same cultural group and became famous / did something good / earned a lot of money.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:27 9

12. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1981; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I'd like to see the same mentality from you when an American-Indian does something not so good.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 10:37

17. Finalflash (Posts: 1690; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Lol nice retort.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:27 1

13. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1981; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I'd like to see the same mentality from you when an American-Indian does something not so good.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:05 2

8. nokia12 (Posts: 320; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


yes its a great thing for us as an Indian..

first Pepsi
now Microsoft
hopefully nokia as well ( rajiv suri )

kudos to these people

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:18 2

10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1981; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Don't forget Citigroup and Unilever :D

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:27 5

14. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Don't forget Sundar Pichai. :D

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:34 1

15. amozhi (Posts: 96; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Why proud? I don't understand the reason to be proud. He did not founded the Microsoft...but he is succeding as one of the executives in the queue...If he iron out Microsoft problems then any one can be proud of him not only by Indians...

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 08:44 1

2. papss (unregistered)


Hell I love this move tbh if true.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 08:52 1

6. akki20892 (Posts: 3419; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


so what will happen with gates. is he still going to remain owner?

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:05 1

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2668; Member since: 26 May 2011)


The pre-set plan has Gates gradually selling off his shares. As stated in the article, Gates will no longer own any of Microsoft by 2018.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:16 1

9. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


That's kinda sad. Imagine not owning what you created (Or did I miss lots of information?)

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 23:18

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 2881; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Bill Gate is a person that i have great respect because he evoke into a better person.

Not only financially but spiritually as a person.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 08:52 4

5. tasior (Posts: 208; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


The era of computer legends comes to an end. No more Jobs, no more Gates. Now, the true challenge for those companies. Will they become like IBM (industructable, lasting for generations), or like thousands of others, collapse, after their creators are gone...

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 10:40

18. Finalflash (Posts: 1690; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Probably not like IBM, because they're chasing consumers and consumers are fickle as hell. IBM went the long term and high end research route, which neither Apple nor MS are going after or have plans for. They have some kind of enterprise presence but largely chase the ever changing minds of consumer electronics and that will likely be their downfall.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 11:34

19. tasior (Posts: 208; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Curious. I was under impression, that main clients, and profits for microsoft is the enterprise bussiness... The whole mobile industry is more of a hobby for them (e.g. the budget for development of WP is mainly from licensing fees from Android)...

Every company history is unique. I only mentioned IBM, because it's one of the oldest computer companies, that survived many difficulties and lasted generations.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 09:42

16. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


This is like when Steve jobs got fired for being CEO of apple that's so sad how you can be fired from a company you created

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 16:29

20. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Change is good...
Either way, WP is going to just get better, and better thanks to the WP software, and hardware teams in place... Otherwise known as Microkia........

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 18:19

21. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Elop will be announced the next CEO of Microsoft. Mr Satya just doesn't have enough of an insight into the consumer market to successfully grow Microsoft. In my honest opinion, IT guys make terrible CEO's and this one is an engineer through and through.
Stephen renounced his executive position (as CEO) at Nokia on September 03, 2013 and I'm guessing MS will make an official announcement on Monday

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 20:22

22. tasior (Posts: 208; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Well, Elop in past two years prooved, that he has absolute zero insight into the consumer market. I doubt, that the man, whos greatest achievement, is to put the biggest phone company in the world to its knees, will be chosen as the CEO of the biggest software company... Wonder how this would turn out to be...

posted on 01 Feb 2014, 11:25 1

24. deewinc (Posts: 156; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


When Obama became a Senator in the U.S, Kenyans were celebrating all over and now that he is the President, we are still overwhelmed. Keep in mind that he was not born in Kenya.

Heey fellow Indians, just ignore the cohorts who find your joy and delight on Indians who are being trusted to lead huge organizations with global entities as despicable. They can go to hell.

If you do not understand why it makes the natives happy is because; it serves as motivation to the young and ambitious citizens aspiring to be successful in future.

In simple terms, "If they have made it, I can make it too!"

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