Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates stages a comeback

Microsoft didn't go for the surprise, and just announced that its new CEO is a promotion from within. Effective as of this very moment, Satya Nadella becomes the  Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. 

The 46-year-old father of three previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, and will replace the outgoing flamboyant co-founder of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, taking the reign in a crucial for the company moment. Here's Mr Nadella's statement:

With Ballmer's exit, Bill Gates seems to be returning, and will take on a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and will be "devoting more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction". 

This CEO swap seems to shoot two birds with one stone for Microsoft, as investors have been clamoring for a while that Ballmer steps down, and fans wanted Bill Gates to assume a larger role in the governing of the tech giant again. Well, that's all happened, and we are now extremely curious what are the visions in Mr Nadella's head regarding the role of those Nokia and Surface departments in the future direction of Microsoft. A small hint can be found in the following interview question with him:

source: Microsoft & GigaOM



1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Good for him. I am looking forward to what he brings to the table.

8. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I'm liking forward to what he clears off the table (Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, XBOX One).

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2673; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Why would he clear off items that Microsoft has invested *TONS* of money into already, with one of the three being financially successful, and another of the three having just been released, to seemingly great numbers? Given that his background isn't in consumer products, I can't imagine he would make any snap decisions on items he has limited experience with.

22. papss unregistered

Don't feed this pathetic troll.. He wants attention

31. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who cares.. We have a lot of progress to look forward to coming out of MS the next few years.. This is great news for WP, and all MS products, and services, which ate already great...

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

None of them has made any real money. Which one are you talking about again?

29. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

XBOX? Which is BTW the best selling gaming console in the US.

32. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Haters gonna always hate... A lot of WP hatters just gain more insecurity, and more fear, today... So, expect a heightened amount of pathetic, immature, hatred for a long time... Just write down the haters you see on every WP related article and you'll quickly start to see a pathetic pattern...

40. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

About the same pattern as somebody else madhatting about Windows this-and-that all over this site. You're so far in, even the Nokia fans on the boards here distance themselves from you. Man, you are a hypocrite.

45. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

All over the site.. Where are you from? I'm not sure what I'm communicating with... .............. I only talk about WP/ MS/ and Nokia topics on those related articles... And, only mention them on other articles if they are relevant... ................... Here's what you should do.. If you don't want to hear about MS related things, or you want to limit how much you hear, then quit upsetting yourself buy clicking on more MS, Nokia, Lumia, WP articles than you do Android related articles.. .................. Here's a question for you.. Do you comment on more MS, WP, Lumia, and Nokia related articles than you do Android, or iOS articles?

46. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Oh, yeah,, and I guess people liking my comment's means that they are distancing themselves from me... Also, why do say Nokia fans distance themselves from me, as though that's supposed to mean something... I'm a huge WP fan first, then a Nokia fan.. Not everyone needs people by their side like followers like you.. I can stand on my own, and make decisions myself..... Just because people like you rely on the popularity of Android, or iOS, to make them feel good about themselves doesn't mean everyone else does... That's your issue... And, anyone who hates to hear about MS, but seeks out information, and discussion about MS everyday, obviously has a few nuts loose..

41. srgonu

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I am sure XBOX is doing great. I myself own XBOX 360. But I would like you to realize US is not world, it is only part of world. Here all games played between individual states are termed as World Cup. So, you need to look at bigger arena to call something best selling.

44. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

+1 Ftw comment.

2. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Congrats Satya! Looking forward to what you bring to the table. :D

3. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think Microsoft made a good choice Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seems to me to be Pragmatic , likes to learn new things and knows Mobile devices and the cloud is an area Microsoft must make improvements in. If it true He will seek Bill Gates Tech Savvy them Microsoft will make some innovated devices. EX CEO Ballmer was a Business oriented CEO. He did a great Job expanding and keeping Microsoft's money making "Enterprise" business going so microsoft could have the cash to do new things. I wish Ballmer a happy life and retirement. he'ill probably be on Microsoft's board of directors.

16. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Great post. I've seen nothing but bashing of Ballmer. Ballmer LOVED the company and was super passionate about it. This rubs some people the wrong way. Money talks! He kept earning quarter after quarter but people fail to mention this. They just call him names because they don't have anything really bash him on. He's be mostly successful. On to new business. Welcome Satya!!

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2673; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I don't think anyone would question Ballmer's enthusiasm and drive for Microsoft. The dude was and remains very passionate. He was also an excellent #2 at the company, and I think that's where his skillset was. Not everyone is cut out to be an amazing CEO, and it remains to be seen whether or not Nadell has it. I certainly hope so.

4. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Proud to see another Indian ruling a tech giant!!best wishes!

33. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who cares if he's Indian? I know you might be Indian, but the way it sounds when people say stuff like that... Kinda self-righteous IMO... I'm black, and you would never hear me say something like that.

37. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

People in India are proud of him. It's not self-righteous, as we look up to him as an inspiration because many aspiring software engineers here dream of working at a tech giant in the US.

47. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I can see that.. Well said..

38. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Dude!India is a country & it is a thing to be proud of as I am an Indian...but you are comparing skin color with country.This is so kiddo can see black & white people in same country as I am white & living in India..So keep your racism issue out of the book as this is a tech site & take it in a simple way...If the guy would not be an Indian I would also be happy if he is eligible enough...

48. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I understand. Well said.

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6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I like this guy, seems very humble and creative. Looking forward to what MS brings to the table this year and next.

34. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well said❕

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yay! No more Ballmer or Elop. Now I can actually watch M$ keynotes. Best of luck, Satya.

11. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Would be better if they also can get rid of tiles & do a proper use of Nokia!! :P

12. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

What? Why would they get rid of the tiles? It looks great and is imitated by every other OS around.

20. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

I agree it is not that bad.But if you see 24*7 same kind of tiled home screen it really gets boring.I feel that. Because I own a windows phone device myself.In my view It needs more customization or option to add another home screen!!

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