Meet Satya Nadella, the new Microsoft CEO

The third CEO of Microsoft will replace Steve Ballmer, effective immediately.

Microsoft has unveiled Satya Nadella as the third CEO of the 39-year-old company, with the company's board of directors deciding that his tenure as the big boss is effective immediately. Bye Steve!

Nadella, 46, had been tipped as a shoo-in for the job in recent days, and now takes the reign of the company after spending 22 years in its employment. He's been promoted from his former role as executive vice president of its Cloud and Enterprise division, which as far as job titles go sounds quite a bit drier than CEO.

In announcing Nadella's new job, Microsoft specifically points to his work in establishing the cloud infrastructure behind Xbox, alongside Bing and Office. In accepting the role, Nadella says a big part of sitting in his new office is to work out ways that Microsoft can speed up the ways it can release innovative new products to customers.

“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,” said Nadella in a statement. “The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster, and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly.”

Alongside Nadella, Microsoft has also announced that Bill Gates will say goodbye to being Chairman of the Board and hello to the position of Founder and Technology Advisor. In his new role, Gates will spend more time working for Microsoft and will assist in the future direction of its products. I wonder what Gates and Nadella make of the Xbox One?

Former CEO Steve Ballmer announced that he'd be stepping down in August last year, with his retirement due within 12 months. A month before his announcement, Ballmer conducted a massive shake-up of Microsoft as part of his "One Microsoft" vision, with the hope of enabling the company to operate at "greater speed, efficiency, and capability in a fast changing world."

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Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

I'm glad Nadella looks laid back and is not a typical CEO wearing a suit and a tie. 

...Wonder for how long are we going to keep accepting the use of ties? That trend should've died last century.

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

Man, Martin Gaston's "news" sound like a combination of Eddie's troll reporting with a lot of personal thoughts included ("I wonder what Gates and Nadella make of the X-bone?"). Is this reporting or writing an editorial?

Hurvl
Hurvl

He looks like a nice, friendly, calm man and certainly not as batshit crazy or "WTF-is-he-high-or-something?" as Ballmer. Appearances can deceiving however and every executive at Microsoft has to go through a test to show that they're properly evil (it's a standardized test used by all huge corporations).

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I think that he's going to be a lot better than that Nokia guy who hated the Xbox. I'm glad they've given a push to somebody from his background specifically. Internet infrastructure is improving everywhere, and cloud guy seems like a great fit. 

Marky360
Marky360

I don't think this will have any effect on the Xbox Division at all I mean when Ballmer took over after Gates left it didn't have much effect on the Xbox division then so I seriously doubt this will either. I'm sure Mr. Nedella is more interested in fiddling with other aspects of Microsoft more so then its gaming division.

rarson
rarson

A company's efficiency is inversely proportional to its size. The larger the company, the harder it is to operate efficiently.

Mraou
Mraou

Wow, he seems... nice?! Good on you, Microsoft!

orbit991
orbit991

For some reason the lyrics "meet the new boss, same as the old boss" come to mind.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Probably won't be long before a nickname like "Nutella" surfaces.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Congratulations for him, it's such an honor to be the CEO of the best company in history.

I'm Microsoft to the core!

crimsonbrute
crimsonbrute moderator moderator

The first thing that came to my mind was that South Park episode. Bill Gates needed to make "changes".

Subterfuge
Subterfuge

Was expecting a hot Indian chick. 


I am severely disappointed.

xbr85
xbr85

Yeah..I was expecting a female.

Namgis
Namgis

Famous last words. Remember this day when Skynet gains consciousness. Build your shelters well.

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I like their thinking, put that Gates character back to work, what's he ever done?!  Good luck, and give us Kotor III.

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

I thought Satya Nadella was a girls name? =(

GIF
GIF

Sweet, sounds like a good replacement and hopefully someone willing to drive the success based on good hardware. Lets hope we start seeing new innovative products

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

He looks like David Wallace Dunder Mifflin CEO.

Saladudo
Saladudo

The one bastard behind the Cloud... the Clooooooouuuuudddddd!

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

He's the Cloud guy.  More Cloud coming in the future.  Sigh.

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Satya Nadella not a lady? Wtf?

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

Here I was thinking that Satya was a hot middle-aged woman. The comments would be hilarious.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

To be honest I wouldn't be surprised if he spins off the X1 division and without a major backer the Xbox dies shortly after. 

JerkDaNerd_
JerkDaNerd_

@f22_king_raptor  Exactly my thoughts also. Wow, South Park creators probably had inside knowledge of this before all of it. I mean we knew there was going to be new CEO, but never did it cross that Bill Gates will take on an active and significant role in the company.


Glad he's back and now Microsoft will get better. Ever since Ballmer took over it has been very sluggish. Especially with the Xbox One division, we all know Ballmer never took gaming seriously.

JerkDaNerd_
JerkDaNerd_

@Namgis  Wow, ever since Gates left it's been dull and sluggish. Now that his back, watch out folks this guy can play the game. 

roman4545
roman4545

@HonorOfGod HL is shit...now is all about THE LAST GUARDIAN RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED !

JerkDaNerd_
JerkDaNerd_

@Thanatos2k  Sigh?! As if the Cloud has been here...ppffttt!


Cloud IS the next leap for any innovation my friend. Limitless graphics fidelity?! Yup, I'm not messing with you.

draign
draign

@Thanatos2k  Im concerned about the future of gaming. All games being dependent on servers SMH. Playstation Now is already up and running.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@bunchanumbers


I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your delusional fanboy fantasies of Sony + Nintendo domination aren't going to happen. This isn't even the same guy who reportedly wanted to sell off the Xbox division. That was Stephen Elop, and he hasn't been a frontrunner for a long time now.

Marky360
Marky360

roman4545

What?!?! screw the last Guardian at least Half-Life 1 thru Ep.2 were good all the games team ICO put out were crap especially Shadow of the Colossus.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@JerkDaNerd_ @Thanatos2kUh, as someone who actually programs things on Hadoop, thinking that the cloud is going to enable "limitless graphical fidelity" is absolutely hilarious.


Please stop, you're killing me.

rarson
rarson

@A8ADD0N

You guys have no clue why spinning off the Xbox division would make sense.

Microsoft makes WAY more money off its enterprise customers than its consumer business. Even if the Xbox division is moderately successful, that is time, money, and resources which could be spent on enterprise products.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@A8ADD0N @bunchanumbers  Considering this guys background in software I wouldn't be surprised if he sees the hardware divisions as expendable. The Surface 1 was a disaster and the first Xbox made MS lose 4 billion. Not to mention forays into the Zune business. MS and Hardware is a tough sell. 

roman4545
roman4545

@Marky360 enough ! with the sequel or prequel bullcrap ! its time for a new generations of video games and new IP to be introduced to the world !!! THE NEW WORLD ORDER !


Screw Half shit Life !

rarson
rarson

@JerkDaNerd_

Not only do you not understand what I wrote, but it seems you don't even understand what you wrote.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@19James89  This is assuming that the rumored price drop to 399$ is a ways off. Otherwise they may end up selling at a loss to maintain market share. Either way I've owned a Xbox and a 360. I hope the X1 turns into something as special as the first half of the 360s life... without the hardware failure. 

19James89
19James89

@bunchanumbers @A8ADD0NThe fate of the Xbox Division rests on how well the Xbox One does and I think it will net Microsoft an overall net profit and therefore will remain as a viable product for Microsoft. They're currently selling the Xbox One at an estimated profit of $27 per console and that's before their Xbox Live subscription sales and games sales are taken into account.