Newly appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, along with Bill Gates, were among those initially opposed to former CEO Steve Ballmer’s proposal to acquire Nokia’s handset business, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report today looking behind the scenes at what led to the eventual $7.2 billion acquisition.More
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[Update: Here's the story, running in the print edition of The Seattle Times March 4, 2014, on the leadership changes.]
Microsoft has shared an internal email sent by newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella on the leadership shuffle reported on earlier, in which Mark Penn becomes chief strategist at Microsoft and execs Tony Bates and Tami Reller are out.More
Qi Lu, head of Microsoft’s Applications and Services division (Office, Bing, Skype, etc), is speaking this morning at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. (A webcast of the Q&A is being streamed here.)
When asked about his impressions of new CEO Satya Nadella, Lu said that he’s had the opportunity to work with Nadella closely in a number of capacities. (We hear he was Nadella’s mentor for a time.)
“I hold very, very high regard for Satya,” Lu said. “Satya has already hit the ground running, driving a lot of focus forward.”
Lu said Nadella was driving clarity, focusing the “devices and services” strategy already in place at Microsoft on “high value services.”More
Only a scant few hours after Microsoft announced it was appointing longtime company executive Satya Nadella as the company’s third CEO, a standing-room-only crowd of employees cheered him on at a rally on the Microsoft campus.More
Microsoft has made it official, announcing today that Satya Nadella will be the company’s new CEO, effective immediately. Nadella will also join Microsoft’s board.
Bill Gates will step down as chairman of the board to assume the title of founder and technology adviser, which Microsoft said will allow him to devote more time to the company supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. Gates remains a board member.More
Following on yesterday’s report, from Bloomberg, that Microsoft’s board was preparing to name Satya Nadella as CEO and that it was discussing replacing Bill Gates as chairman, comes this interesting analysis today from Re/code’s Kara Swisher on why Gates might be willing to step down from the chairmanship. Among the reasons she cites: Perhaps Gates will…More
Satya Nadella, who currently heads Microsoft’s division providing infrastructure, tools and services to corporations and IT departments, will reportedly be named new Microsoft CEO, according to a report today from Bloomberg, which said the board is preparing to make that move. The report also says the board is considering replacing Bill Gates as Microsoft chairman…More
Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division and rumored shortlist candidate for Microsoft CEO, spoke today at the LeWeb conference for startups and Web entrepreneurs in Paris.
He addressed — or rather, sidestepped — a question about the CEO search, as well as talked about tech trends and shifts that he thinks will be guiding forces for Microsoft in the future.More
Microsoft today announced updates and release dates for its enterprise cloud services and products, as Satya Nadella, head of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, gave a media briefing in San Francisco on Microsoft’s cloud strategy.
Nadella placed the releases in the context of being proud of Microsoft’s $20 billion share of the enterprise infrastructure business, but saying that that’s still a small share “compared to the $2 trillion at play” as businesses move to the cloud. He also touted Microsoft as being the only cloud services and infrastructure provider that offered widely used cloud software services (such as Office 365), a scalable global public cloud (Azure), and that provides infrastructure for companies to build their own clouds on.
“We’re the only vendor that does all three,” he said, when asked about how Microsoft is different from its cloud competitors.More