Microsoft’s board of directors has chosen Indian-born Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer as the software giant’s chief executive and will become the third man to hold this position at Microsoft.
Nadella, a native of Hyderbad, Andhra Pradesh, became a rising star (and CEO frontrunner) through his work of over twenty years in Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise division. Of the facets of Microsoft’s business, that side of it has done quite well, not only relative to the company, but industry-wide.
CEO Nadella will oversee not only his enterprise division, but also Microsoft’s consumer business. Microsoft is facing increasing pressure from both other software companies, like Apple and Google, and also its normally-reliable equipment manufacturers after a (widely-considered) lacklustre release of the Windows 8 desktop computing platform, the latest version of the Windows operating system.
Microsoft’s push to unify the desktop, tablet, and mobile experience will also need some solving as Windows RT, the company’s tablet platform, and Windows Phone mobile OS are struggling in the market against Apple’s iOS-powered iPhone and iPad and Google’s Android-powered phones and tablets.
The change at the helm of Microsoft not only involves Nadella, but chairman Bill Gates who will be stepping down from that position to serve as an advisor to Nadella.
We’ll have more on Satya Nadella’s vision for Microsoft, as well as the impacts of this appointment and what it holds.