Steve Ballmer has officially stepped down as CEO of Microsoft and long-time employee Satya Nadella has taken his place.
Who is Satya Nadella? And what will he do with Microsoft? Today, we’re going to tell you some of the crazy facts you need to know about Nadella and his vision for Microsoft:
First, let’s explain who Nadella is. He’s worked with Microsoft for a long time – since 1992. Before that, he worked with Sun Microsystems, and before that, he was an electronics engineer/business administration graduate from India.
At Microsoft, Satya worked in several executive roles. He was the manager of Microsoft’s Server and Tools division and Cloud Enterprise group, for example, and the former division generated tens of billions of dollars in revenue for his company.
So what should you know about Satya? Here are some important things to learn about Microsoft’s new CEO:
Satya is credited with turning Windows Live Search into Bing. Yes, he created billions of dollars of revenue with the Server and Tools division, but his bold ‘Bing’ move is one for which he is most well-known.
Bing now holds a double digit market share of the search engine industry. Millions of people search using Bing every month. Competing with Google is never easy, but Satya tackled that challenge head-on and succeeded.
There’s no question that PC use is declining. But that doesn’t mean that Microsoft is declining, as well. Microsoft is the world’s largest software company for a reason: they’ve survived the ups and downs of the industry and capitalized on changing tech trends.
Satya comments on the decline of the PC by stating that “This is a software-powered world.” That’s good, because Microsoft is, first and foremost, a software company. Satya appears to recognize that Microsoft can’t continue to pump out PC-centric hardware to its OEM partners and expect to remain one of the world’s most successful companies.
Change is needed, and Satya plans to do that by using “an ever-growing network of connected devices” along with incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning.
One of the key points Satya has driven home over his first few weeks as CEO is the fact that software and hardware are more closely intertwined than ever before. Microsoft can’t expect to succeed solely as a software company or solely as a hardware company. Instead, they need to continue delivering their software via hardware.
Microsoft recently paid $7.4 billion for Nokia’s handset department, which means that Nokia phones aren’t going away anytime soon. Microsoft also produces Surface tablets and Xboxes, so all of those employees can relax knowing that Satya sees them as a core part of the company’s future.
Satya takes over as Microsoft CEO in 2014. However, he hasn’t really tweeted since 2010. Aside from a flurry of tweets in January to February of 2010, Satya hardly tweets at all. Since taking over as CEO, Satya has published a couple tweets, including one tweet promising not to wait 4 years between tweets this time.
Outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer repeatedly hammered home the idea of One Microsoft, where all of Microsoft’s entities would work together to create a single vision, single app store, single experience, etc. etc.
Satya has announced his support for Ballmer’s One Microsoft policy and he – along with Microsoft’s Board of Directors – reportedly want that One Microsoft to come sooner rather than later. Don’t expect any major shakeups in Satya’s first year, but certainly expect a consistent, fast-moving trend in the One Microsoft direction.
Microsoft interviewed between 5 to 10 serious candidates for the position of CEO. Many of the other candidates had major CEO experience. Stephen Elop, for example, is the former CEO of Nokia, while Alan Mulally is the CEO of Ford Motor Company.
Satya beat out all of these candidates despite having no CEO experience. That’s a point of criticism for those who dislike Satya, but consider this: the divisions Satya ran at Microsoft pulled in more revenue than many companies – we’re talking double digit billion dollar figures, here, which means that Satya is no stranger to running high level businesses.
Microsoft officially introduced the new CEO in the following video, where Satya shows his character as a laidback guy who seems to have a better grasp on the future than Steve Ballmer. We also get a cool, inside look at Microsoft’s headquarters: