In what has concluded a highly anticipated period in the technology industry, CEO Steve Ballmer’s replacement has been revealed to be Satya Nadella.
Steve Ballmer, the at times, overenthusiastic CEO of Microsoft has retired and thus, ended his 13 year tenure in what has become some of the biggest years of Microsoft’s history. Due to the sales decline of Microsoft’s cash cow, the PC and the mostly failed venture into the mobile industry, Steve was suddenly pushed out of the company, amid attempts to reorganize and restructure to aid in collaboration.
As of today, Steve Ballmer has retired with immediate effect to make way for their Executive Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise division, Satya Nadella. In this reshuffle we see Bill Gates, step up as the new Technology Advisor and John Thompson assume the role of chairman of the board of directors.
“Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.”
In an open email to the staff of Microsoft, Satya outlined his aims for the company over the next few years. With a key emphasis on Cloud based software and the Mobile industry, it is expected for Microsoft to focus on wrestling mobile sales away from both Apple and Samsung.
Satya said: “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.”
He continues to drive home his point: “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.”
With the acquired Nokia on their roster, they intend to strengthen their foothold in the mobile industry. “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.”
With the failed Microsoft Surface gathering dust on the shelves, will Nadella lead Microsoft into a new era and further solidify their dominance? Should they be focusing on mobile phones?
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