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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.

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Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

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  • This is great news! It's over!:)
  • Nadella got swag, I like it.
  • He's bringing swag to Microsoft
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Prepare to be disappointed. He's not the CEO of the wireless providers.
  • Lol! Yes that would be nice..
  • I hope his priority is to release all services, features and devices worldwide, for a change.
  • Now this would be a great thing. Imagine having access to xbox music in most countries or even local scout for eg.
  • Indians rule them all... Yay us
  • And for giving you the advanced Western education, science, and legal systems that made it all possible - you're welcome
    - The British
  • LOL you win the internets for the day. (BTW Nadella likes cricket too, none of that yank w**k)
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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. 
  • And for giving you all the things you give to others - you are welcome - The Greeks
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yeah true..
  • 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?
  • Probably yes, by the help of xda developers... ;-)
  • Yes! Pass go and collect WP9.
  • Bill Gates is coming back too right? As a software advisor, i read it on bing news!!!
  • That's wht it 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!
  • 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?
  • Good news is that he is from India, so am guessing he should be more considerate towards it, over the previous CEOs  
  • 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?
  • Where are your meds? :P    
  • Lol!
  • LOL!!
  • So very tedious.
  • It's called the home screen.
  • No.
  • 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.
  • Lol
  • Congrats the CEO rumors can rest now
  • and the Elope scare is behind us.
  • Guess the Elop scare Eloped
  • Ok guys, time to take off your tinfoil hats
  • Congrats!
  • I wonder how Wall St will react to this news.
  • Good so far. Up 1.3%  
  • probably well, considering he was already responsible for a large and well performing part of MSFT
  • Why did it took so long?
  • They wanted my opinion and review.
  • Hahaha...that one really cracked me up...! xD
  • And what did you say?
  • ??
  • And why did this take you so long?
  • he was going through carrier testing for a while
  • LOL
  • LOL
  • LOL 
  • +920 :)
  • We might as well close the comments now because no one is going to top this. :P
  • Bet he uses a at&t L920. We will get our updates Now, Varuka Salt.
  • Lol
  • Lmao!
  • Lol
  • He needed my Opinion and permission
  • Carefull with trolling or this might happen to you You have been banned for the following reason: trolling Date the ban will be lifted: ANY DATE   From <>
  • There are two kinds of trolling. The ones that are fun and harmless, and the ones that deserve to never come back.
  • 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
  • actually mine :)
  • cool
  • Haha...
  • lol
  • Loose the hanky
  • Official.
  • I'm counting the seconds until an android or apple fan boy calls him Nutella.
  • 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... :-/
  • *plays La Bamba*
  • This just came across as a special news alert on my Bing News app haha.
  • I thought Sundar Pichai had the upper hand! Btw congrats Mr.Nadella :)
  • Awesome news!
  • And fianally end to speculation Feeling proud to be Indian 
  • This ^^
  • You're forgetting about Raj Rajaratnam?
  • Raj rajaratnam is not an Indian.. He is a sreelankan
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Really?. Proud of all the billion of you?. That includes the ones that had done what they had done to "Damini"?.
  • 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!
  • Just hope he does an even greater job than Ballmer. The better, the merrier =)
  • Congrats Satya
  • 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...
  • Read his letter to Microsoft employees, he laid emphasis on mobile devices & cloud computing.
  • Agreed. I want some Xbox love too.
  • Excited what he will bring to the WP community .
  •, happy for him. Congrats boss.
  • 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.
  • Let the games begin...
  • Wait , he is Indian!!!!!!
  • Yes.he isssssssssss!
  • 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.
  • 2- lool you need to move on... You are making this way too personal.
  • 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.
  • You really are clueless. Nokia let itself fall.
  • Perhaps you should go check the number pre and post-Eflop's arrival. You're the one who's clueless.
  • 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.
  • +1
  • Why do people keep saying turn around? Continue to make progress and innovate? That would be better. Maybe hire a better marketing team.
  • Exactly. Microsofts products are better in most areas but marketing, and lack thereof, has been their achilles heal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • <--This. 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?
  • 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?
  • You apparently ENJOY looking like an endless whiner incapable of moving on. Whatever floats your boat.
  • 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.....
  • In all future comments you should just post "..." we'll get the point
  • Who?
  • That's who.
  • How about reading the headline for a change?
  • +520
  • Welcome aboard. Now, lets see some magic. First order of business get rid of Joe Belfiore.
  • +1
  • Yeah they need someone better to run WP, to date everything surrounding WP has been horrible mismanaged
  • And the other guy too who is head of WP division. What's his name? Terry Meyerson!
  • 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.
  • +1000
  • +1
  • This couldn't be anymore correct. He is ruining the platform...
  • I think Satya is a pretty cool guy. Eh "ruthlessly remove any obstacles", "every individual and organization", and does not afraid of anything.
  • Satya means truth...
    Lets hope there is some truth in that.
  • Agree.
  • 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. 
  • I hope so.
  • 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.
  • Congrats, looking forward to the future of Microsoft.
  • Billy and Satya wow. Time to rock.
  • Satya! Dont kill Windows phone! Just, fix it not killing it
  • Read his letter to Microsoft employees on Microsoft news he looked serious about Nokia d&s division and cloud computing.
  • Lovely. Fantastic.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Very well said, DJCBS.
  • Hence why the question was explicitly directed to people from India.
  • 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
  • Good question, I would say 'yes'. Apart from the little matter about a cricketer called Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Cricket has a very narrow appeal worldwide. Even then, there have been many equally celebrated cricketers as SRT.
  • 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.
  • Your country should be proud of you sir.
  • Proud INDIAN!
  • +920
  • Hope the best for both. Microsoft and himself
  • Change is good I guess
  • So is the name pronounced sah-ti-yah nah-dell-a? Just want to make sure I'm pronouncing it right when discussing.
  • Damn, keep it simple, just Satya Nadella.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My pleasure. Apologies for my earlier attempt at irreverence. :)
  • No worries. That part of the Internet I'm used too. :)
  • 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.
  • U are on the internet,sir. if you are so particular about pronouncing it correctly,why not bing it rather
  • It's like Nutella, but with a D; I think.
  • That's right.
  • I want that notification center in Windows 8 too, Nadella.
  • Microsoft campus cafeteria food is about to get a lot more spicy.
  • Aahahah
  • Masalaydar
  • 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.
  • Steve elop can leave if he wants too he wanted to give up on Xbox, Bing.
  • That's what automatically kicked him out of the race, and I'm happy about it. I expect exiting times ahead for Microsoft!
  • 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.
  • You need to grow for while before you have a right to talk.
  • "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
  • 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.
  • So their slogan will change from "One Microsoft" to "Two Microsofts". Pretty genius.
  • If that happens, Microsoft's devices division will sink faster than the Titanic.
  • When can I view my beautiful Lumia 1520 startscreen on landscape without having to break my neck...
  • Never!
  • 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...
  • I look forward to seeing great things from satya
  • Hopefully he really opens up the gates of creativity and creates some jobs. There's a joke in there. ?? Anyone???
  • Good one.
  • It was good until you asked "anyone???"
  • Congrats. Loved his email to the employees.
  • I want my Nokia back.
  • Go buy you one. They sell them everywhere
  • Rightly said
  • Did someone take it from you?
  • "My Nokia" for Windows Phone
  • 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.
  • I'm pretty excited about this news. Congrats Satya, the third CEO of Microsoft!
  • Desi boyz
    Satyam Shiwam Sundaram... LOL
  • Sholokov..LOL
  • 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.    
  • Hey man I need a job, can you help me out? :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I want Microsoft to have an epic.
  • Yawn.
  • You lost me at the first sentence.
  • Which brings me to my next point kids, DON'T SMOKE CRACK.
  • It's funny how he introduces himself as "I'm 46 years old....." Seems like a humble person from the conversation...  :)
  • Congratulations to Microsoft.
  • excellent news congratulations to him and to microsoft
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • That's too cool!
    An Indian as CEO, and Bill Gates back in the company. This is just awesome!
  • Lets see what the stock market does..
  • Satya Nadella, we pin our hopes and trust in you. Do not disappoint us! Good luck and more power to you!
  • I am so glad that scumbag Elope did not get the job!!! I hope he commits suicide!!
  • Hahaha lmbo!
  • Join us on WP central Satya!!!!
  • 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?
  • Congrats Nadella...wish u best of luck..bring msft back to glory..
  • Btwn am from Mangalore tooooooo!!!!
  • 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
  • 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
  • "I fundamentaly believe, that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things". Am I the only one that thinks this is one of the best quotes from anyone in a long time? I like that a lot!
  • It's a nice comment, but honestly, I've been reading that type of comment from a range of self-improvement books (of the Tony Robbins variety) over the last decade. It isn't a new notion; Abraham Lincoln also extolled the virtues of continuous learning.
  • Don't forget Abraham Lincoln also said, " You can fool all the people some of the time,and some of the people all the time, but never believe everything you read on the Internet".
  • Yay, congratulations Microsoft! I'm really excited to see the next few years play out. Microsoft and Xbox, FTW! :)
  • The future is promising.
  • Wait and see
  • Here's hoping that all the currently active devices and services stick around with the new leadership and don't get axed!!!
  • I think it'll be very iffy, at best. I suspect the new CEO will give those divisions a couple of years of 'show me' and if come 2016, Windows Phone still has sub 10% share of mobile, it'll get jettisoned. Nadella is obviously more Enterprise focused; at the very least, I suspect those Microsoft mall stores are the some of the first things to go, easy fat to cut.  Those bring in nearly 0% back in revenue, and are merely a marketing venture, a showroom case. In fact, any strictly consumer related venture that was from the Ballmer era, I suspect, will quickly come under review.
  • I am very glad that he mentioned prominently about cloud and mobile and the welcoming of Nokia's D&S. Hope this translates into reality down the line. MS has a very good chance of being successful in mobile under his leadership. Not to mention Uncle Bill involving more in product decisions. Ballmer had his hey days though. He was a passionate man for sure. Will be missing his "Developers...Developers" antics. Here's to exciting times ahead.
  • SO PROUD OF HIM!! HE is from my college, class of 1984
  • Dear Nadella, Learn from your predicessors, don't be a dick. Microsoft won the desktop war of the 80's and 90's because you created Windows as a tool and let the people decide how they wanted to use it. You're loosing the next round because MS has adopted the Apple losing philosophy to lock people into certain behaviors, which is why people are moving to Google which promises more flexibility. Win 8.1 - you got really good early reviews of the Metro Modern interface, people liked it until you forced Windows to boot into it, in early beta and repeatedly removed the ability for people to alter the behavior. I get what you are trying to do with Win 8 and hopefully one day we will have every app be a Modern app, but that day is not today. Go back to your roots, Windows is a tool, give people the flexibility to do what they want with it. It was a winning strategy 20 years ago and it can be again. Thank you
  • You are right ! That's all !
  • Agreed.
  • If it's QA time... Mr. Nadella, first of all, congratulations! Second, when will you bring GEORGIAN keyboard to the WP?
  • Congratulations Mr Satay Nutella - lovely nut combo you got going on there.
  •   Congratulations to Mr. Nadella. With his extensive background in cloud computing, I expect a strong focus on security. I don't want to see Microsoft's name attached to any more of these hacks that have been happening. Also, I would like to see WP8  in a more prominent role like he said but don't forget about Bing and Xbox.    
  • Hobbies of Cricket and Poetry.  Gotta say that indicates the dude has plenty of attention to detail, concentration, and a long view....
  • I'm a proud white man, why does that sound so much worse than being proud anything else...
  • Congrats.
  • Congratulations!
  • I think he will be a good guy for the job! Cant wait to see where he takes the company. I have high hopes that MSFT can only go up from here! 
  • I doubt this country of birth will have any bearing on MS's dealings in that country, but I do feel he'll take the company down a better path than the alternatives.  Not feeling worried at all. 
  • I just want to know when BBM will come to windows phone. I'd buy one if it had BBM and I'm not going to buy one if it doesn't. I know many Americans don't care but my whole family is on BBM so it's a must product for me. Getting them all to sitch to another one at the same time just won't work and also I've tiede others and they suck.
  • Once again, WPC gets the details skewed.  Mr Nadella studied at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM).  He DID NOT study at the University of Wisconsin (UW) which is in Madison. 
  • How is a thread about a new MS CEO full of so much stupid?
  • IDIANS are more known to be innovative!! good luck
  • Satya, we'll always support and trust you. Just don't disappoint us and adrress WP platform a better way (To start, fire Joe Belfiore). So excited Much wishes Such CEO WOW! Good luck ;)
  • congratulations satya nadella
  • Wonder who'll be next after this guys quits or gets fired Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • I hope he use windowsphone :)
  • Congrats sir
  • This is GREAT news. Satya will be an awesome CEO for Microsoft. And with Bill G by his side, we'll for sure get that Microsoft back that we lost after Ballmer. Congrats to him!!!
  • AWWW SHIT.. HERE WE GO!! = ) time to turn up the heat for WINDOWS PHONE MR. NADELLA!!!
  • Go buy yourself something nice.
  • No wonder if Microsoft is also just an eye on the NOKIA patents , as well as with the MOTOROLA GOOGLE did , and then , with the patent in hand, gave only the mark for LENOVO with the right use of technology .. .
    I have the conviction that MICROSOFT is not and never has been focused on hardware , purchase of NOKIA in my opinion nothing more than a strategy , a common strategy nowadays among large companies technologies in the relentless fight for patents.
    MICROSOFT MICROSOFT is not MICROHARD . Make no mistake , just look at the history of the company .
    In addition to still be of extreme interest of the company selling its OS for smartphones for several other brands , thus becoming a direct competitor of the GOOGLE ANDROID ; MICROSOFT producing their own hardware alienate companies that could come to invest in devices with WINDOWS PHONE without a doubt ( remember the recent conflict between google and samsung after the release of Moto G ') . All this goes against the principles of MS .
    Does anyone else believe that in a not too distant future the question will be in the air .. " WHO WILL BUY NOKIA ? "
  • i'll give him the benefit of the doubt
  • So the reins at Microsoft have been handed from a Cowboy to an Indian.  Whoopdeedoo.