Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella is officially named as Microsoft's third CEO

The wait is over as are rumours and speculation. Meet Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO. Officially announced today and currently residing in Bellevue, Washington Nadella is the latest name to lead Microsoft, the massive software and hardware giant. While enjoying both cricket and poetry in his spare time, Nadella will be tasked with heading up innovation at Redmond. This new appointment will take effect immediately, enabling Steve Ballmer to retire early.

Joining Microsoft 22 years ago from Sun Microsystems, Nadella has played an important role at Microsoft by transforming the company's cloud business. Prior to this, Nadella studied Electrical Engineering at Mangalore University before emigrating to the US to study computer science at the University of Wisconsin. It's clear that while Nadella has invaluable experience in system backend and cloud computing, the new Microsoft CEO has yet to prove himself when it comes to consumer-based business, an example being Xbox.

Former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, added the following to the press release:

"Having worked with him for more than 20 years, I know that Satya is the right leader at the right time for Microsoft. I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented employees and senior leadership team in the industry, and I know their passion and hunger for greatness will only grow stronger under Satya’s leadership."

Bill Gates, previously holding the position as Chairman of the Board of Directors, will assume a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, devoting more time to the company and supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. John Thompson, lead independent director for the Board of Directors, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and remain an independent director on the Board. 

It's an exciting time for Microsoft and we're sure Nadella will bring new traits and ways of thinking to Microsoft's divisions, not to mention the looming deal with Nokia. How Nadella will work with the newly acquired division will be interesting to see.

Head on over to the Microsoft website for more videos, photos and content about the newly appointed CEO. The company will also hold a live webcast at 12pm PT, so remain tuned to our feeds.

Source: Microsoft



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Whodaboss says:

This is great news! It's over!:)

MacDaMachine says:

Nadella got swag, I like it.

kidjenius says:

He's bringing swag to Microsoft

SocalTouch says:

Excited to see the innovation that should come from Microsoft. This guy gets it - it is mobile and cloud first world going forward and that is what he says in the interview will be his focus!

ivo_apo says:

Best possible combination: Satya at top and Bill back in businesses.
Well done Microsoft!!! Future is good and time is on MS side.

Congratulations and welcome aboard Satya Nadella. Looking forward to the next era of great innovations from Microsoft.

Broomcorn says:

He's been with the company for over 20 years...

Congratulations Mr Nadella. I hope one of your top priority going forward is the release of Windows Phone Devices on all major network here in the U.S.

Exactly, well said!!

dalydose says:

Prepare to be disappointed. He's not the CEO of the wireless providers.

rodneyej says:

Lol! Yes that would be nice..

schlubadub says:

I hope his priority is to release all services, features and devices worldwide, for a change.

kevingerard8 says:

Now this would be a great thing. Imagine having access to xbox music in most countries or even local scout for eg.

abhishake620 says:

Indians rule them all... Yay us

MadSci2 says:

And for giving you the advanced Western education, science, and legal systems that made it all possible - you're welcome
- The British

NoClipMode says:

LOL you win the internets for the day.

(BTW Nadella likes cricket too, none of that yank w**k)

abhishake620 says:

you had them all but never exploited them to the best we are good at that ....lets not get into the history and stuff lets just hope for good and discuss about things to come from microsoft ..not Indians or British

I'm Canadian so I'll stay out of the whole Indians and British and who did what when... LOL. But I will say this. India is a huge and growing market and having a CEO from India can only be good, I would think, for Microsoft's efforts in that increasingly important market.

"you had them all but never exploited them to the best we are good at that ...."

I agree 100%.  Now can we have our jet engine back?  I think you forgot to pay for that one.

lol really, all you guys did was stole our wealth for 200 years! Thanks but no thanks to The British!

Kiddo2050 says:

Little bit over simplistic. While it wasn't said in a nice way the OP is correct. The British legal and educational traditions have helped many nations thrive. A lot of bad things came from colonialism but a lot of good things too.

Man! With no disrespect! colonialism did nothing but affected my country in a really poor way, if you must know, Indian Education System was much more advanced at the time as compared to britsh! And if you'll read about INDIAN Civilization, you'll be amazed at how advanced it was at that time and before the colonialism, India was the richest country in the world, and when they left we had the most numbers of poor people! So all i can say is that they robbed us and did nothing good for my country!

Rehan Saleem says:

Yeah...all these centuries people robbed us....nd we indians had no history of doin back to ny of em..even so being a now nuclear nation..haha.. Funny..

I wish the Indians would just shut up and get on with it.  Truth is, you guys got thrashed by the cowboys in every movie.

Oh yeah! I wish that you keep your mouth shut and go continue you job at ASSHOLES and STUPIDS corporation!

All this from the country that gave us Al Gore. 

Akis Kyma1 says:

And for giving you all the things you give to others - you are welcome - The Greeks

wetworker says:

Without that Arabic number system 1-9 and and Hindu 0 none of these tech things would be possible. And the most important ingredient. The African binary system 1-0 See the Ted talk by Ron Eglash African Fractales or the Ishango Bone found in the Congo, world oldest math calculator, multiplication,prime numbers etc 20,000+ years old tool.

What you spew is colonized history. Each group on this planet has contributed to what we enjoy as a collective today.

Ian Too says:

Hey guys, congratulations! Whether it's British, Indian or whatever, you've proved chauvinism is boring and divisive. Shut the f#ck up and give our best wishes to man. And for the record the British left India in the 1950s, so I doubt any British person here did anything to any Indian person here because none of us are that old. Look to the future.

akks says:

Yeah true..

PureView says:

So Nadella, when is notification centre coming to Windows Phone?

You know that already. Next question...

Next question? Okay. Will my HTC HD2 get WP8.1?

shizoframia says:

Probably yes, by the help of xda developers... ;-)

Jack Larson1 says:

Yes! Pass go and collect WP9.

Bill Gates is coming back too right? As a software advisor, i read it on bing news!!!

fireball24 says:

That's wht it says!

SocalTouch says:

Satya Nadella has asked Bill Gates to be a Technology Advisor and he (Bill Gates) has agreed to spend a third of his time at Microsoft to work on next round of products and services.

i think thats awesome!

avigyan says:

Okay Nadella, when are Xbox Music and Bing services coming to India? Is there any chance we might see a WP8.1 device at the MWC this year?

karthikt94 says:

Good news is that he is from India, so am guessing he should be more considerate towards it, over the previous CEOs


NIST says:

When is Pureview coming to Kinect?
When is Tellme coming to Bing on Windows 8.1?
When will Windows ship with a full video codec pack?
Where is my waiter?

borasar says:

Where are your meds? :P



CheekyTaurus says:

So very tedious.

It's called the home screen.

astraith says:

Never. In fact, we are removing the notifications from the start screen. This way you can GUESS what your phone is doing. Did you get a call, or maybe a text? And sounds are disabled by default.

dkxs says:

Congrats the CEO rumors can rest now

aafa says:

and the Elope scare is behind us.

hs k says:

Guess the Elop scare Eloped

Ok guys, time to take off your tinfoil hats

lippidp says:

I wonder how Wall St will react to this news.

drkgrss says:

Good so far. Up 1.3%


borasar says:

probably well, considering he was already responsible for a large and well performing part of MSFT

Jaskys says:

Why did it took so long?

They wanted my opinion and review.

rianext says:

Hahaha...that one really cracked me up...! xD

adrian1338 says:

And why did this take you so long?

borasar says:

he was going through carrier testing for a while

TheJoester09 says:

We might as well close the comments now because no one is going to top this. :P

Richard_Indy says:

Bet he uses a at&t L920. We will get our updates Now, Varuka Salt.

MadSci2 says:

He needed my Opinion and permission

Jaskys says:

Carefull with trolling or this might happen to you

You have been banned for the following reason:


Date the ban will be lifted: ANY DATE


From <>

ArthJar says:

There are two kinds of trolling. The ones that are fun and harmless, and the ones that deserve to never come back.

Jaskys says:

There's two kinds of comments. The ones that are related to context of previous comments and the ones that deserve to burn in hell with that German dude which had weird beard

jlynnm350z says:

Loose the hanky

NIST says:

I'm counting the seconds until an android or apple fan boy calls him Nutella.

hs k says:

Really? *facepalm* that's racist, but In a good way.

Not blaming the Android community for it, but I already saw that happen on CNet yesterday... :-/

Jas00555 says:

*plays La Bamba*

louisoneal says:

This just came across as a special news alert on my Bing News app haha.

shaurya negi says:

I thought Sundar Pichai had the upper hand! Btw congrats Mr.Nadella :)

toph36 says:

Awesome news!

Mharsha says:

And fianally end to speculation

Feeling proud to be Indian 

Rishicash says:

You're forgetting about Raj Rajaratnam?

giffis says:

Raj rajaratnam is not an Indian.. He is a sreelankan

Rishicash says:

My apology for the misidentification. You must admit, however, that India has more than it's share of corruption. I'm not anti-Indian btw....I've been going there for 37 years.

giffis says:

Corruption exists in different type and different form in every country. Here corruption is very high level. Behind every policy change and bill there is corruption, favouring different groups and people. You know who holds 90% of world wealth.

Rishicash says:

You are correct. As an Indian friend of mine once said to me, "Your country is corrupt all at the top and mine from the top to the bottom."

bashbaliga says:

Please don't,there's nothing to be proud of, he's the CEO, good,on Satya, but you don't see the Americans go "Bill gates, so prod' do you ?

It's just embarrassing.

abhishake620 says:

Well there in lies the difference between Americans and us Indians we are proud of all the billion of us and are happy for them unlike you people who always say ... What's in it for me?.... Get my wind?

iamizan says:

Really?. Proud of all the billion of you?. That includes the ones that had done what they had done to "Damini"?.

Reflexx says:

FYI, if you tell Americans, "Get my wind?" you're basically asking if they smelled your fart.

Fantastic choice!  Watched several interviews with him.  He's candid, a great communicator, as smart as anyone could hope to be, and gets it.  He also has a good understanding of all MS does.  Excellent!

Duduosf says:

Just hope he does an even greater job than Ballmer. The better, the merrier =)

suntu says:

Congrats Satya

leotoma says:

I just hope him being from a Business-focus background doesn't mean my beloved WP and Surface divisions will be neglected. Another thing I would urge him to do differently is to give more attention to the rest of the world regarding services. Google and Apple are way more present here in Brazil...

nitt_attaboy says:

Read his letter to Microsoft employees, he laid emphasis on mobile devices & cloud computing.

Agreed. I want some Xbox love too.

cuwe says:

Excited what he will bring to the WP community .

kenzibit says:, happy for him. Congrats boss.

CobaltDragon says:

Excited to see what changes he brings about. I think the Xbox division needs new life, and WP needs to evolve faster. From the little I know about him, seems like a good, different choice.

jfivieght says:

Let the games begin...

Wait , he is Indian!!!!!!

nokiauser911 says:

Yes.he isssssssssss!

DJCBS says:

I'm not sure if this guy can help solving Microsofts image issues but lets hope he can turn the company around. To me there's two positive things out of this: 1 - Bill Gates is finally returning to a more active role which should help; 2 - Eflop didn't get to CEO, which would be another prize by his disgusting Trojan work at Nokia. Hopefully he'll end up sacked from the d&s division too.

mv740 says:

2- lool you need to move on... You are making this way too personal.

DJCBS says:

The guy ruined my favourite company. of course it's personal. I will move on phone-wise, sure. I'll have no choice. But I'll never forget that rat Eflop. Sorry but no way.

DVELOPinc says:

You really are clueless. Nokia let itself fall.

DJCBS says:

Perhaps you should go check the number pre and post-Eflop's arrival. You're the one who's clueless.

brmiller1976 says:

Nokia was ruined well before Elop took the reins.  Symbian was dead and MeeGo was stillborn.

The fact there was still a devices division to sell is pretty impressive.  And the fact they've still got a business after selling the device business is also due to Elop.

Nokia wouldn't have needed Microsoft or Windows Phone had they managed their own business better in the first place.

They couldn't. They had no other choice.

fbendotti says:

Why do people keep saying turn around? Continue to make progress and innovate? That would be better. Maybe hire a better marketing team.

DVELOPinc says:

Exactly. Microsofts products are better in most areas but marketing, and lack thereof, has been their achilles heal.

TheJoester09 says:

Their marketing has been MUCH better lately, but it will continue to be an uphill battle for as long as the tech press keeps riding the Apple/Google train.

Bloobed says:

Microsoft hasn't been a driving force for some while, they've reacted to changes and even then they've been slowish. Nadella seems like a wise guy and I'm sure he'll do well.

DJCBS says:

Turn around because for some years Microsoft has lost many customers or not driven its existing customers forward. The longevity of Windows XP is a good example of that. Microsoft was unable to innovate enough and drive people's enthusiasm enough to keep the company going in first place. That's why they lost the tablet and mobile market race. They were the first ones to come up with a tablet. Yet they just sat there. And then Apple came, took their idea, improved on it and boom, there's the iPad. And Microsoft was left behind.

Then there's the entire PC business, the fact that Microsoft is losing companies to Apple etc etc.

And of course, the disaster that is International Microsoft. Microsoft only focus and cares about the US market, and pretty much ignores any wills or needs of its international consumers, thus leading those consumers and other potential ones to go other places.


So yes, turn around is exactly what I meant ;)

OMG55 says:

Stop already, Nokia & Blackberry were their own trojan horses by sitting on the throne when they were on top, simply counting their money and not being forward thinkers. and releasing Meego in Europe only is not forward thinking, so shut it up already.

bpmurr says:

Had Nokia went Android they would most likely have failed as well. Its pretty much Samsung dominated. They would be floundering like HTC and others on Android.


I love Nokia products, but even the Moto X, which is one of the sexiest devices in the Android sphere, couldn't pry Sammy's chokehold from the Android market. Hoping Lenovo has more luck with them.

So now they are saying that the MS/Nokia deal won't be finalized until the end of March.
Does that mean we have to suffer 2 more months of DJCBS?
It's obviously a done deal, can't you just get your gold iPhone and leave now?

DJCBS says:

I'm not leaving even when my daily driver shifts to Android. Live with it. Or don't. I couldn't care less ;)

So... you admit that you are purely a TROLL.

You're trolling here too? I can't imagine how many insulting comments you receive per day?

Reflexx says:

You apparently ENJOY looking like an endless whiner incapable of moving on.

Whatever floats your boat.

dkediger says:

Shhhh...Don't let DJCBS hear.  He seems, by his own posts, to be drawn to foundering companies.  Maybe this is an omen against Android.....

borasar says:

In all future comments you should just post "..." we'll get the point

Jazmac says:

Welcome aboard. Now, lets see some magic. First order of business get rid of Joe Belfiore.

borasar says:

Yeah they need someone better to run WP, to date everything surrounding WP has been horrible mismanaged

lubbalots says:

And the other guy too who is head of WP division. What's his name? Terry Meyerson!

PureView says: corner :'(

I actually like Kids' Corner. It's one of the genuinely useful innovations in WP. Never had to worry about my nephew doing stuff he shouldn't have been on my phone when he used it...

Now on my moto x, he's deleting widgets, buying apps, and all sorts of crazy shenanigans.

+1000 too.  I LOVE kids corner, and so does my 6 year old.  ...however, I wish I could PW protect my phone but not kids corner.  One of a couple things that haven't worked quite right for me.

This couldn't be anymore correct. He is ruining the platform...

mehbuntu says:

I think Satya is a pretty cool guy. Eh "ruthlessly remove any obstacles", "every individual and organization", and does not afraid of anything.

sholokov says:

Satya means truth...
Lets hope there is some truth in that.

Aashish13 says:

Congrats a good decision made by MS. Hope he will see India now as a big matket for Windows tablets. Bing services will come even to other countries soon.

Hope so. I am missing bing services on my phone. Further more i don't have bing app on ios since it's restricted in india. 

He seems confident and knows what he's saying. India already is a big market for nokia shareholders and WP share but it was being neglected for many reasons. Satya, being indian doesn't mean he'd give special focus here but will surely bring more marketing opportunities to more countries.

Yeah I miss the features too. specially bing rewards.

diego15nets says:

Congrats, looking forward to the future of Microsoft.

Aashish13 says:

Billy and Satya wow. Time to rock.

Idzaudin Idz says:

Satya! Dont kill Windows phone! Just, fix it not killing it

nitt_attaboy says:

Read his letter to Microsoft employees on Microsoft news he looked serious about Nokia d&s division and cloud computing.

Sarang68 says:

Lovely. Fantastic.

Lenin17301 says:

A question for the readers of WPCentral from India, would you guys/girls consider this the most important position ever attained by an Indian outside of politics?

DJCBS says:

I think no one cares about that. Only in India will people put emphasis on his birth country (he has most likely become an American citizen by now). The rest of the World will not pay that much attention. As long as he does a good job, he could have come from Mars.

Winnabe says:

Very well said, DJCBS.

Reflexx says:

Hence why the question was explicitly directed to people from India.

elmacho says:

I for one, do not think it is the biggest feat achieved by an Indian,there are a lot other things.But why can't people say that when a fellow countryman (by birth)attains an important post that they are proud of him?..well?

Great question!  I would say probably yes.

As long as he does a good job, he could have come from Mars. This

Winnabe says:

Good question, I would say 'yes'. Apart from the little matter about a cricketer called Sachin Tendulkar.

PureView says:

Cricket has a very narrow appeal worldwide. Even then, there have been many equally celebrated cricketers as SRT.

PureView says:

He was born in India. He spent pretty much his entire life outside India. Where you're born means nothing. Where you grow up to become what you are is what matters.

elmacho says:

Your country should be proud of you sir.

irsyadhhs says:

Hope the best for both. Microsoft and himself

ricardios says:

Change is good I guess

jcrus says:

So is the name pronounced sah-ti-yah nah-dell-a? Just want to make sure I'm pronouncing it right when discussing.

Winnabe says:

Damn, keep it simple, just Satya Nadella.

jcrus says:

I know how it's spelled, but am not familiar with pronouncing a lot of Indian names, so honest question in terms of showing the courtesy of saying someone's name correctly. But thanks for your input.

Winnabe says:

Actually, even after all the phonetics, foreigners manage to get it all wrong. For eg, you don't have to add the 'h' at the end of Sa-...and then they are not distinct syllables/sounds. At least, don't pronounce the 'tya' as two distinct sounds. It is a continuous sound. Let's the 'Sa' is like the 'ru' in 'rut'. And then the 'tya' is like 'yeah' but the 't' sound is the softer one, not the hard one as in 'tee'. Nadella is pronounced as in Nutella, as someone below pointed out, but with a D instead of the T.

jcrus says:

Awesome, thanks (you too mukulvdhiman). Language is actually interesting to me and beyond what you can bing/google, I find that getting individuals to provide input helps paint a clearer picture and understanding.

Winnabe says:

My pleasure. Apologies for my earlier attempt at irreverence. :)

jcrus says:

No worries. That part of the Internet I'm used too. :)

mukulvdhiman says:

Its satt-ya ne-dell-aa the "t" is sounded like the 't' in French pronunciation, like télé. Ya is sounded with just the sound of y, not the 'a'.same with the 'n'.rest is self explanatory.

elmacho says:

U are on the internet,sir. if you are so particular about pronouncing it correctly,why not bing it rather

PureView says:

It's like Nutella, but with a D; I think.

Winnabe says:

That's right.

iamakii says:

I want that notification center in Windows 8 too, Nadella.

MrDiamondJ says:

Microsoft campus cafeteria food is about to get a lot more spicy.

sl#WP says:

This is the most stupid things ever happened to Microsoft. It sucks. I have watched Microsoft news for many years. This is the end of it. Steve Elop will be the first to quit and many to follow.


Want to know why the WP sales dropped in Q4, I expect more to follow.

cesar ruiz1 says:

Steve elop can leave if he wants too he wanted to give up on Xbox, Bing.

xankazo says:

That's what automatically kicked him out of the race, and I'm happy about it. I expect exiting times ahead for Microsoft!

DJCBS says:

Eflop will be the first to quit? Great. From your mouth to Gods ears. Let me open the exit door for him and position myself to kick his arse as he leaves.

sl#WP says:

You need to grow for while before you have a right to talk.

DJCBS says:

"before you have a right to talk"

...Jawohl mein Führer! o/

I don't think you can do better than elop DJCBS

Posted via the WPC App for Windows Phone 8.1

giffis says:

Microsoft will be split into 2 within 2 year. Investors will demand that. Device division will be headed by elop and satya on the other. You like it or not. I will vote for it.

xankazo says:

So their slogan will change from "One Microsoft" to "Two Microsofts". Pretty genius.

DJCBS says:

If that happens, Microsoft's devices division will sink faster than the Titanic.

cesar ruiz1 says:

When can I view my beautiful Lumia 1520 startscreen on landscape without having to break my neck...

Being a WP, Surface and Xbox user my main draw to Microsoft is devices, hoping this remains a priority and he doesn't start spinning them off. Best part: He's not Stephen Elop.

I thought he's getting ready to remove his shirt, lol, just kidding!

Congrataps, Satya! May you bring success to Microsoft!

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

Interesting choice. And Gates returning - i was under the impression the board were trying to reduce his influence? Hmmm... Interesting times ahead...

Micah Dawson says:

I look forward to seeing great things from satya

KasakDesign says:

Hopefully he really opens up the gates of creativity and creates some jobs. There's a joke in there. ?? Anyone???

Soypan says:

It was good until you asked "anyone???"

RyanAMG says:

Congrats. Loved his email to the employees.

I want my Nokia back.

DVELOPinc says:

Go buy you one. They sell them everywhere

sumothong01 says:

Did someone take it from you?

I hope his appointment means good things for Xbox, Windows Phone and Surface. Without the consumer aspect of Microsoft I wouldn't be the enthusiast fan that I am today. I want/need a Surface Phone.

kittananj says:

I'm pretty excited about this news. Congrats Satya, the third CEO of Microsoft!

sholokov says:

Desi boyz
Satyam Shiwam Sundaram... LOL

elmacho says:


Great deal says:

The right man got the right job, great to see Bill stepping down and becoming advisor.  MS products and integration is going to get better and better.  As an IT recruitment company owner that supplies Nokia (Now MS) I know they have the right man.



Montpbm says:

Hey man I need a job, can you help me out? :)

1Rahtid says:

And... Windows Phone will continue to be ignored by MS senior leadership, the extra piece to the jigsaw puzzle that's apparently not needed, that no one really knows what to do with, so it's kept around mostly out of fear it may be needed in the future than out of real need, hidden underneath a pile of junk on a drawer.
And all along MS leadership continues to use the latest iPhone and Sammy as their daily driver.
It's unbelievable that MS senior leaders have put up with the shortcomings of Windows Phone in a business environment over the past several years: crappy calendar, poor integration between mail client and exchange, no tasks, non existent sound profile to handle calendar events, etc. No, all these senior executives are guilty of pawning the platform onto gullible consumers/fans while they turn their back on the platform. Not getting my hopes up with Nadella, not much gonna change here if history is any indicator.

Great deal says:

Put that down to the last CEO, who was the WRONG man for the job, if you look at Satya's background you will see he has the knowledge, skill and desire to turn it round.  Give the man a chance - it WILL change and all those points you mentioned (many i agree with) will be addressed in time.  Rome wasnt built in a day, neither was a 130,000 employee company.

Jack Larson1 says:

I want Microsoft to have an epic.

Tips_y says:

You lost me at the first sentence.

Which brings me to my next point kids, DON'T SMOKE CRACK.

Arun3 says:

It's funny how he introduces himself as "I'm 46 years old....." Seems like a humble person from the conversation...  :)

Congratulations to Microsoft.

sumton says:

excellent news congratulations to him and to microsoft

JohnCz says:

Even though he will be severely tested over the next 12 months, I think Nadella will manage it all very well.  With Microsoft / Nokia announcement a week or two away, important software releases and a major developer conference .. I hope he and his family took some vacation time before today.

Aashish13 says:

He said that he will remove obstacles b4 with the innovation. Currently in WP there are many obstacles. O request Joe should have a word with Billgates and satya about it now.

Aashish13 says:

We all are with u Satya and Billy supporting Microsoft.

The e-mail of the new CEO:


Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world. I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place. I knew there was no better company to join if I wanted to make a difference. This is the very same inspiration that continues to drive me today.
It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve and Bill have taken it from an idea to one of the greatest and most universally admired companies in the world. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with both Bill and Steve in my different roles at Microsoft, and as I step in as CEO, I’ve asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products. I’m also looking forward to working with John Thompson as our new Chairman of the Board.
While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more. Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation. This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places — as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it. Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.
As we start a new phase of our journey together, I wanted to share some background on myself and what inspires and motivates me.
Who am I?
I am 46. I’ve been married for 22 years and we have 3 kids. And like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences. Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me.
Why am I here?
I am here for the same reason I think most people join Microsoft — to change the world through technology that empowers people to do amazing things. I know it can sound hyperbolic — and yet it’s true. We have done it, we’re doing it today, and we are the team that will do it again.
I believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize — many of the things we do and experience in business, life and our world. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning.
This is a software-powered world.
It will better connect us to our friends and families and help us see, express, and share our world in ways never before possible. It will enable businesses to engage customers in more meaningful ways.
I am here because we have unparalleled capability to make an impact.
Why are we here?
In our early history, our mission was about the PC on every desk and home, a goal we have mostly achieved in the developed world. Today we’re focused on a broader range of devices. While the deal is not yet complete, we will welcome to our family Nokia devices and services and the new mobile capabilities they bring us.
As we look forward, we must zero in on what Microsoft can uniquely contribute to the world. The opportunity ahead will require us to reimagine a lot of what we have done in the past for a mobile and cloud-first world, and do new things.
We are the only ones who can harness the power of software and deliver it through devices and services that truly empower every individual and every organization. We are the only company with history and continued focus in building platforms and ecosystems that create broad opportunity.
Qi Lu captured it well in a recent meeting when he said that Microsoft uniquely empowers people to “do more.” This doesn’t mean that we need to do more things, but that the work we do empowers the world to do more of what they care about — get stuff done, have fun, communicate and accomplish great things. This is the core of who we are, and driving this core value in all that we do — be it the cloud or device experiences — is why we are here.
What do we do next?
To paraphrase a quote from Oscar Wilde — we need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable.
This starts with clarity of purpose and sense of mission that will lead us to imagine the impossible and deliver it. We need to prioritize innovation that is centered on our core value of empowering users and organizations to “do more.” We have picked a set of high-value activities as part of our One Microsoft strategy. And with every service and device launch going forward we need to bring more innovation to bear around these scenarios.
Next, every one of us needs to do our best work, lead and help drive cultural change. We sometimes underestimate what we each can do to make things happen and overestimate what others need to do to move us forward. We must change this.
Finally, I truly believe that each of us must find meaning in our work. The best work happens when you know that it’s not just work, but something that will improve other people’s lives. This is the opportunity that drives each of us at this company.
Many companies aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources, and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance. And as the new CEO, I can’t ask for a better foundation.
Let’s build on this foundation together.


karthikt94 says:

That's too cool!
An Indian as CEO, and Bill Gates back in the company.

This is just awesome!

Montpbm says:

Lets see what the stock market does..

Tips_y says:

Satya Nadella, we pin our hopes and trust in you. Do not disappoint us! Good luck and more power to you!

GrapeEyes says:

I am so glad that scumbag Elope did not get the job!!!

I hope he commits suicide!!

Aashish13 says:

Join us on WP central Satya!!!!

sumothong01 says:

Hopefully he doesn't take the Elop approach and try to ditch Bing and Xbox. Why would any MSFT employee or CEO want to discard Microsoft's only popular consumer brand?

PBV7 says:

Congrats Nadella...wish u best of luck..bring msft back to glory..

wpinfected says:

Btwn am from Mangalore tooooooo!!!!

soderinde says:

New era new #Microsoft with much less #hubris & #billgates back. This could be a game changer for #Microsoft. Congrats @satyanadella

Congratulations Mr. Nadella


And nice building

thaman04 says:

Yay!!!!!   Excellent choice!   He's gonna do excellent things with the company and he's got a great personality too.  I also like how Bill now is in a lesser yet more useful role where he can have a say during product development.


Exciting times!!! :D