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Prospective Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says he needs Bill Gates "to be successful"

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Prospective Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says he needs Bill Gates
A few days ago, we heard that Microsoft had reportedly chosen its next CEO, who would be replacing long-time CEO Steve Ballmer. The prospective next CEO Satya Nadella hasn't officially been named by Microsoft, but it seems that he is already making requests of the Microsoft board of directors concerning the future of Bill Gates.

When we first heard that Nadella was the favorite to be named the new CEO, there was also a report saying that the board was considering an attempt to push out Bill Gates as chairman. Nadella isn't necessarily trying to stop that from happening, but he does want Gates to stick around as an advisor at the very least. Apparently, Nadella wants Gates to help him out with technology and product problems, even going so far as to say that having Gates as a close advisor is "what I need to be successful".

Supposedly, we could hear the official word from Microsoft within the week regarding the CEO position, and we will likely hear the plan for Gates at the same time. While Nadella is reportedly the favorite from inside Microsoft to get the job, there have also been rumors that one of Microsoft's top choices for an outside candidate is Google's own Android/Chrome chief Sundar Pichai, and negotiations are ongoing between Pichai and Microsoft over the job.

source: WSJ via Microsoft News

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posted on 03 Feb 2014, 20:36 3

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


Things are going good... Going really good.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:39 2

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


Positive thinking from him. Waiting to see him as CEO what he can do new for Ms.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:48 1

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


I'm seriously through worrying about it.. We're all going to have to sit back and wait to see what happens.. It is slightly frustrating not knowing what's going on inside MS..

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 22:31 1

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 1731; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Maybe he will be the one to turn ms back into a viable company again :-)

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:01 1

2. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


Agreed_ Push this guy fwd to move the company in the proper direction. Keep Elop as head of the Nokia division under MS or his advisor that he wants Gates to do w/ technology and product problems. Elop has good footing there.
I'm not sure if Gates still has what it takes to still want or to be Chairman (on the board still yes) He's still commands a high level of expertise & does know the business. I imagine he wants to step down to a lower position.
This does look like a good shape up though.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 21:01 1

3. Kishin (Posts: 598; Member since: 30 May 2013)


This is good News.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 23:47 1

7. Vish_i_was (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)


more Indians grabbing top positions in US :-)

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 01:35

8. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 386; Member since: 24 May 2011)


And I'm just sitting here m**********g :-P

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 02:22

9. darkvadervip (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Stop being a a racist because it matters not which race tuns Microsoft. The only concern for me that you could have said V_i_was is this guy a spy for google if he got the position.

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