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Veteran Microsoft executive Satya Nadella will immediately replace retiring CEO Steve Ballmer while company founder Bill Gates will relinquish his position as chairman to take on a more active, product-focused role, the company announced on Tuesday.

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Satya Nadella. | Source: Microsoft


The move comes less than six months after Ballmer, Gates's hand-picked successor, announced his intention to retire. Nadella had been tabbed as a favorite by insiders from the start, and his candidacy gained steam among Microsoft watchers after Ford CEO Alan Mulally withdrew his name from consideration.

"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella," Gates said in a statement. "Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together," he added.

Prior to his election as CEO, Nadella led Microsoft's enterprise and cloud computing group where he was responsible for, among other things, the infrastructure that underpins Microsoft's Xbox Live and Bing services. Born in India, Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992.

"Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn't be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company," Nadella said, adding that "a big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly."

Gates will remain on the board, but pass the chairman's gavel to Virtual Instruments CEO John Thompson. Gates will be tasked with "supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction," the company said.
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Congratulations Mr. Nadella!

He seems like a very focused, forward-thinking guy. I hope he does well with Microsoft
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First decision to take : sell Nokia's mobile activity, or fire 20 000 people.

 

But this is not a problem : in both cases Stock exchange will be delighted !

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A bald for a bald, a tooth for a tooth.

 

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But this is not a problem : in both cases Stock exchange will be delighted !
 

It’s up a whole thirteen cents!

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Gates will be tasked with "supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction," the company said.

Can't say anything on the new CEO as I know nothing about him. But this closing line, 'Gates shaping tech' erhm, fail, I say. He did have a very good view of the future back in the day: "to have a PC on every desk". But getting there is a whole different matter, a despicable one.
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MS stock is basically flat this morning so Wall Street seems to be 'meh' on this announcement. Probably wishing. MS would have gone external. And having Bill Gates more involved is probably not a great idea. Doesn't show a lot of confidence in the new CEO, plus a lot of MS problems now can be attributed to decisions made while Gates was running the show.
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Interesting that Ballmer gets to be on the Board...

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Gates will step in to take Microsoft back to the top - he will do it by using the same visionary goal oriented strategy he used the first time: copying Apple with a ruthless and unwavering tenacity. He probably can't believe Ballmer wasn't doing it the whole time.
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Can't say anything on the new CEO as I know nothing about him. But this closing line, 'Gates shaping tech' erhm, fail, I say. He did have a very good view of the future back in the day: "to have a PC on every desk". But getting there is a whole different matter, a despicable one.

That and every other 'idea' Gates had was Steve's of course.
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Interesting that Ballmer gets to be on the Board...

You mean Gates?

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You mean Gates?

No.  The linked press release mentions (but doesn't not emphasize) that Ballmer retains his seat on the Board.  He, Gates, and the new CEO are the 3 internal board members.  I wonder how long retired CEO Ballmer will stay on the board.  My guess would be a year before the new CEO can swap some other senior employee.

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imo anyone other than Ballmer is good.  Lets hope Microsoft can gain market shares in mobile to keep that market more fragmented.

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Seems like business as usual, then. A company man that learned from Gates and Ballmer. 

 

Great news . . .

 

 

 

 

for the competition. 

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So they chose the safe path and awarded an insider the job. Nothing will change. At least with an outsider, they have no political connections within the organization beyond the board of directors and can make the radical moves a flailing, stagnant company might need in order to right their course.

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Steve (Ballmer) would never have approved of this if he were still alive!

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I would love if he focussed on the only thing that Microsoft can do better than everybody else. It isn't services, it isn't devices: It's software.

Make Android and iOS better bey creating awesome software for it, I'm sure that some of the best minds in the field at redmond are dying to do it.

 

Currently Apple makes 2 better OSes than Microsoft, better services, better pro apps, a better mobile office suite, better browser, better web stores. Microsoft is as useful to me as a big pile of... rocks. I'm sure someone could build a great palace with those rocks.

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So they chose the safe path and awarded an insider the job. Nothing will change. At least with an outsider, they have no political connections within the organization beyond the board of directors and can make the radical moves a flailing, stagnant company might need in order to right their course.

An outsider from CEO to run a company like Microsoft? What? Who the hell would aprove such thing, unless we are talking about geniuses like Musk?

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Interesting that Ballmer gets to be on the Board...
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Gates will step in to take Microsoft back to the top - he will do it by using the same visionary goal oriented strategy he used the first time: copying Apple with a ruthless and unwavering tenacity. He probably can't believe Ballmer wasn't doing it the whole time.

That was an "easy" thing to do, Apple was being run by incompetent fools during MS rising, and even when Steve was there, he was a maniac.

 

Now, with guys like Cook, Ive, Phil, Craig and others, +160 billion in the bank, +13B$ net profit each christmas quarter, not to mention the powerful ecosystem. I would love to see them try it, again.

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What a convoluted mess. Microsoft now will have essentially a two-headed co-CEO leadership, and with Ballmer rattling around in the background could even be closer to a 2 1/2 headed thing.

It is inconceivable that Nadella will have any power over what Gates does. It is equally inconceivable that Gates will not have power over what Nadella does.

Can anybody really believe that if Gates says "X" Nadella will be able to say "Y"?

The way companies are turned around is that a new person comes in, sweeps out most of the old cruft, and installs their own leadership team. Lots of examples of that. What Microsoft has done is promote up the old baggage and bring back a big pile of even older baggage.

Talk about coffin nails...
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Good luck to him. Looking forward to seeing what he's got.
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What a convoluted mess. Microsoft now will have essentially a two-headed co-CEO leadership, and with Ballmer rattling around in the background could even be closer to a 2 1/2 headed thing.

It is inconceivable that Nadella will have any power over what Gates does. It is equally inconceivable that Gates will not have power over what Nadella does.

Can anybody really believe that if Gates says "X" Nadella will be able to say "Y"?

The way companies are turned around is that a new person comes in, sweeps out most of the old cruft, and installs their own leadership team. Lots of examples of that. What Microsoft has done is promote up the old baggage and bring back a big pile of even older baggage.

Talk about coffin nails...

 

Well said.  I'm sure the new CEO will be thrilled to have Bill's "help" on all the major decisions.  And even if Gates does stay in the background and just be supportive, why does anything this Gates has much to offer?  There has to be an element of "Steve came back and saved Apple (and changed the world), and I'm as smart as Steve was, so..."

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I would love if he focussed on the only thing that Microsoft can do better than everybody else. It isn't services, it isn't devices: It's software.

Make Android and iOS better bey creating awesome software for it, I'm sure that some of the best minds in the field at redmond are dying to do it.

 

Currently Apple makes 2 better OSes than Microsoft, better services, better pro apps, a better mobile office suite, better browser, better web stores. Microsoft is as useful to me as a big pile of... rocks. I'm sure someone could build a great palace with those rocks.

 

What great software has Microsoft made?  Their biggest products (Word and Excel) are the definition of bloatware.  Powerpoint is the same.  SharePoint is a nightmare.

 

Seriously, what software were you thinking of when you said that Microsoft can "do software better than anyone?"  Is there any MS software product that is the best in class?

 

MS's core competency is selling software to enterprises, and the consumerization of IT (and new cloud solutions) is cutting into that.

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Bill Gates working at Microsoft three days a week? Are they trying to make Satya Nadella look like Jay Leno guest hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson after Johnny cut back to three shows a week?

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I was wondering why it took AppleInsider so damn long to post this news: is already read about it everywhere else. Guess they were too busy rephrasing analysts' press releases to post real news. 1smile.gif

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What a convoluted mess. Microsoft now will have essentially a two-headed co-CEO leadership, and with Ballmer rattling around in the background could even be closer to a 2 1/2 headed thing.

It is inconceivable that Nadella will have any power over what Gates does. It is equally inconceivable that Gates will not have power over what Nadella does.

Can anybody really believe that if Gates says "X" Nadella will be able to say "Y"?

The way companies are turned around is that a new person comes in, sweeps out most of the old cruft, and installs their own leadership team. Lots of examples of that. What Microsoft has done is promote up the old baggage and bring back a big pile of even older baggage.

Talk about coffin nails...

You are assuming of course that Nadella has no real power, but let's see if that pans out, he hasn't been on the job long enough to say its all just a smokescreen by Gates & Ballmer to retain power.

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What great software has Microsoft made?  Their biggest products (Word and Excel) are the definition of bloatware.  Powerpoint is the same.  SharePoint is a nightmare.

 

Seriously, what software were you thinking of when you said that Microsoft can "do software better than anyone?"  Is there any MS software product that is the best in class?

 

MS's core competency is selling software to enterprises, and the consumerization of IT (and new cloud solutions) is cutting into that.


Over the years with more and more features added to each product in the MS Office suite, the code itself has grown. This isn't any more different than what iTunes has become. Bloatware to some, especially on the Windows side.

Whether we like it or not MS Office, is the de facto standard for Office suites. Every other competitor out there, claims compatibility with MS Office. I don't see Google docs or MS Office, claiming any compatibility with iWork.

That being said, most people don't need all those features and the iPad along with iWork has helped in swaying peoples opinion on the matter. Before, when someone was buying a PC, one of the most common questions was, "where can I get a cheap/pirated copy of MS Office?"

 

Now back to your bloatware or best in class argument, I'd say depends who you ask. In a business environment, I can't imagine them dumping MS Office anytime soon. For what it does, it's pretty good and many bugs have been squashed over the years.

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It looks like you've chosen a new CEO.

 

Would you like me to show him where your innovation is kept?

 

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You are assuming of course that Nadella has no real power, but let's see if that pans out, he hasn't been on the job long enough to say its all just a smokescreen by Gates & Ballmer to retain power.

I'm thinking Nadella may be a puppet for Gates. He could provide the cover for Gates to make some difficult behind-the-scenes re-org and hire/fire decisions and carry them out to protect Gates' legacy.
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What great software has Microsoft made?  Their biggest products (Word and Excel) are the definition of bloatware.  Powerpoint is the same.  SharePoint is a nightmare.

 

Seriously, what software were you thinking of when you said that Microsoft can "do software better than anyone?"  Is there any MS software product that is the best in class?

 

MS's core competency is selling software to enterprises, and the consumerization of IT (and new cloud solutions) is cutting into that.

 

Microsoft's Visual Studio is best in class for software development.

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I would love if he focussed on the only thing that Microsoft can do better than everybody else. It isn't services, it isn't devices: It's software.

Make Android and iOS better bey creating awesome software for it, I'm sure that some of the best minds in the field at redmond are dying to do it.

 

Currently Apple makes 2 better OSes than Microsoft, better services, better pro apps, a better mobile office suite, better browser, better web stores. Microsoft is as useful to me as a big pile of... rocks. I'm sure someone could build a great palace with those rocks.

 

Currently Microsoft makes a better tablet OS than Apple. Currently Microsoft has better services, such as Azure. They both have good pro apps. Microsoft offers a better mobile Office Suite. IE11 is better than Safari.

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Currently Microsoft makes a better tablet OS than Apple. Currently Microsoft has better services, such as Azure. They both have good pro apps. Microsoft offers a better mobile Office Suite. IE11 is better than Safari.

Wow, wrong on every point. You are 0 for 4 in that post alone. You should just stop. Really.

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Wow, wrong on every point. You are 0 for 4 in that post alone. You should just stop. Really.

Nope, you're wrong on every point. You should just stop! See, we could go round in circles forever.

 

Alternatively, we could discuss this in a little more detail.

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Microsoft's Visual Studio is best in class for software development.

Oh god no.

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Oh god no.


Oh god, yes!

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Oh god, yes!

Oh please. I get it. You find posting silly things amusing to annoy Apple users. Visual Studio is a bloated, overpriced carcass suitable only for adherents of Microsoft-proprietary languages, and IDE-dependent developers stuck on Microsoft's dead technologies like dot net and Silverlight.

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Oh please. I get it. You find posting silly things amusing to annoy Apple users. Visual Studio is a bloated, overpriced carcass suitable only for adherents of Microsoft-proprietary languages, and IDE-dependent developers stuck on Microsoft's dead technologies like dot net and Silverlight.

Big? yes. Bloated? Nope. It depends on what you need to use. For example, enterprise versions are going to appear bloated compared to the free version for small-project programmers.

 

Visual Studio is not just about MS-proprietary stuff. I can create lots of cross platform stuff with it, and lots of enterprise-scale solutions too.

 

.NET dead end? Right, that's why it's now on version 4.5 and keeps getting better.

 

Overpriced? Nope - considering the power and capabilities, it's actually good value. And there is a free version too!

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Wow, wrong on every point. You are 0 for 4 in that post alone. You should just stop. Really.

Jeez, this reminds me of the Monty Python Argument Clinic. "This isn't an argument, it's just contradiction!"

Would you care to explain exactly how he is wrong?
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So they chose the safe path and awarded an insider the job. Nothing will change. At least with an outsider, they have no political connections within the organization beyond the board of directors and can make the radical moves a flailing, stagnant company might need in order to right their course.

 

Sometimes that works out.

 

Sometimes you end up with JC Penny.

 

Or Leo Apotheker at HP.

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