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Satya Nadella named as new Microsoft CEO

Satya Nadella named as new Microsoft CEO

Satya Nadella

Microsoft has announced that, following the resignation of Steve Ballmer, its new CEO will be Satya Nadella.

Indian-born Nadella, 44, currently holds the position of Head of Cloud and Enterprise. He joined Microsoft back in 1992 and has degrees in electronics, computer science and business administration.

Microsoft also said founder Bill Gates would step down as chairman. He will now take up a new role as technology adviser and retain a seat on the board,

Taking Gates' place as Chairman will be Microsoft's lead independent director John Thompson who led the search for Microsoft's new chief executive.

"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella," said Mr Gates.

"Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth."

Mr Nadella said of his appointment, "Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionised the world through technology, and I couldn't be more honoured to have been chosen to lead the company.

"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."

Although many will be optimistic that Nadella can add a bit of freshness back into Microsoft, critics have pointed out that Mr Nadella has no experience of running a company, let alone one as big as Microsoft.

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Corky42 4th February 2014, 15:39 Quote
He seems like a nice enough bloke from the interview he done, just not sure i like the idea of Windows becoming a cloud based OS :(
dr-strangelove 4th February 2014, 16:08 Quote
I hope this guy is more in touch with what the customers want than Ballmer, otherwise he's going to preside over the decline of Microsoft.
Corky42 4th February 2014, 17:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by dr-strangelove
I hope this guy is more in touch with what the customers want than Ballmer, otherwise he's going to preside over the decline of Microsoft.

At first glance it seems Microsoft have looked at the changing market of computing devices and thought, lets design an OS to take on iPhone & iPad so they made Windows 8, and now they see the rise of Chromebooks and appointed a CEO with a background in the cloud.

IRC they have said Windows 10 is set to be their first cloud operating system, although I'm not sure that is what people really want, Windows 8 hasn't exactly set the world alight and i cant see moving it to the cloud is going to improve things.
Nexxo 4th February 2014, 17:15 Quote
People keep heralding the Chromebook as the dawn of a new age... :|
Snips 4th February 2014, 18:13 Quote
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People keep heralding the Chromebook as the dawn of a new age... :|

Correction:- "Google keep heralding the Chromebook as the dawn of a new age" No one else seems to care other than google followers.
Nexxo 4th February 2014, 18:35 Quote
Tech sites do too. They are positively sycophantic about it. Which gives the impression that it is a really popular device, even though it has sold significantly fewer units than the Surface RT (let alone the Surface 2).

I really wish Microsoft would stop giving it free publicity though. It reeks of insecurity.
Corky42 4th February 2014, 19:21 Quote
I'm not wanting to vouch for the Chromebook as i think the whole idea of a cloud based OS the height of folly, what with privacy, security and ownership rights problems.

But I am guessing the reason people keep going on about the "Chromebooks account for 21% of all commercial US laptop sales so far this year, and 10% of all computers and tablets sold in the US. In 2012, Chromebooks accounted for just 0.2% of all computer and tablet sales."
Nexxo 4th February 2014, 20:54 Quote
From the same link though:
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NPD Group’s estimates that 21% of all commercial US laptop sales in 2013, and 10% of all computer and tablet sales combined, are fairly unbelievable though. Just so you understand the scale of this estimate, we expect there to be around 45 million PCs sold in the US, and millions more tablets. If 10% of those sales were Chromebooks, we’d be talking about millions of Chromebooks being sold — and don’t you think Samsung or Acer would say something celebratory if that was the case?

Furthermore, if 2013 really has been the year of the Chromebook, we’d expect to see a large spike in terms of Chrome OS’s web surfing share. The two largest trackers, NetMarketShare and StatCounter, don’t even show Chrome OS, presumably lumping them into the “other” or “Linux” categories, which account for no more than 2%. The Wikimedia traffic analysis page likewise doesn’t break out Chrome OS into its own category. Here on ExtremeTech, Chrome OS accounts for 0.2% of visits — up from around 0.04% last year. We’ve heard similar numbers from other tech sites. Chrome OS is certainly growing, but NPD’s claim that Chromebook sales have grown 50x — from 0.2% of sales to 10% — in the last 12 months seems a little optimistic.

In fact, other articles suggest that it continues to struggle.

Disclaimer: my wife once owned a Chromebook (one of the early Samsung models), and we really wanted to like it. As a concept I think it is great. In reality it had just too many obvious, annoying, grating flaws and in the end she sold it again. She now has a Lenovo Yoga 11 (Windows RT) and she loves it. Chrome OS makes Windows 8.0 look polished.
r3loaded 4th February 2014, 23:30 Quote
Small correction: he's 46, not 44.

It's good that Microsoft is now being led by an engineer rather than a salesman. It's all about the product after all.
Bindibadgi 5th February 2014, 02:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
He seems like a nice enough bloke from the interview he done, just not sure i like the idea of Windows becoming a cloud based OS :(

It'll never happen for consumers. It will be constantly attacked, it will be too slow, there would be massive relgulatory issues in many countries and unless there is incentive for OEMs to do it they would reject it as well.

Good luck to Satya! Look forward to seeing the change.

Chromebooks are the ideal example of why a cloud-based OS doesn't work. It's controlled entirely by Google, so no OEM will shout about it as 'their' product, they'll just sell it, and even if you have offline modes you still need the internet sometimes.
Corky42 5th February 2014, 09:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
From the same link though:
In fact, other articles suggest that it continues to struggle.
Yea I'm guessing its like politicians, they look at study's, stats and analyst result then start drawing up conclusions that fit their own agenda.
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
It'll never happen for consumers. It will be constantly attacked, it will be too slow, there would be massive relgulatory issues in many countries and unless there is incentive for OEMs to do it they would reject it as well.

Good luck to Satya! Look forward to seeing the change.

Chromebooks are the ideal example of why a cloud-based OS doesn't work. It's controlled entirely by Google, so no OEM will shout about it as 'their' product, they'll just sell it, and even if you have offline modes you still need the internet sometimes.
Well i know rumors should be taken with a large pinch of salt, but rumors are saying Windows is heading to a cloud based OS. Even a press release by Microsoft sings the praises of the cloud OS.

And with less and less people needing to buy new hardware because its good enough, unlike in the past. Microsoft need some way to monetize their existing business model of selling licenses with new devices, and getting people to pay monthly subscription costs (Xbox Live, Office 365) is the direction they seem to be heading.

Especially as they have appointed a new CEO with a strong background in cloud computing.
Nexxo 5th February 2014, 14:53 Quote
I suspect that it is not going to be Google's "all your **** happens in the cloud; your device is just a terminal" cloud, but a "all your **** is safely backed up in, and purchased through the cloud" kinda cloud.
Corky42 5th February 2014, 15:43 Quote
As i haven't tried a Chromebook as i have to much disdain for them to read up on how they do the cloud thing. But i have had time to read up on Microsoft cloud OS articles and from what i can tell the plan is to have three types of cloud, a local cloud, Service provider cloud and a Microsoft (azure) cloud.

How far they go with data sharing and acquisition remains to be seen. No doubt there will be people that don't like the risks of sharing so much personal data even if that means having the same OS, software, files and settings on every device they use, and then others just wont want to pay monthly subscriptions.
schmidtbag 5th February 2014, 15:50 Quote
Not that I'm a fan of MS but critics can go suck a big one regarding Nadella not having experience running a company. Like seriously, that has got to be the most ignorant statement I ever heard regarding the company - pretty much all of the wealthiest people in the world never ran a business before they acquired their empire, and it wouldn't surprise me if none of them even had a customer service job either.
Corky42 5th February 2014, 16:30 Quote
I know it has been said Microsoft want one OS to rule them all, but are they taking it a bit to far by appointing Nadella ? Seeing as he has more than a passing resemblance to this guy :D

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=2463&pictureid=35859

And we all know how poor Gollum ended up :'(
Nexxo 5th February 2014, 18:00 Quote
Say what you want about Gollum, but he was a focused kind of guy. And remember, in the end he was holding the ring. :p


While sinking into a lake of hot lava, granted, but that's not the point...
Bindibadgi 6th February 2014, 02:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
I suspect that it is not going to be Google's "all your **** happens in the cloud; your device is just a terminal" cloud, but a "all your **** is safely backed up in, and purchased through the cloud" kinda cloud.

^^ He will take on Amazon EC2 and OneDrive will take on Dropbox.
Corky42 6th February 2014, 09:27 Quote
I think it goes a little deeper that taking on Amazon EC2 and Dropbox.

IMHO the plan is to have a common user experience across all devices, PC, Tablets, Phones, XBox, etc, etc. So the customer can be sitting at their desk working on something and if need be pick up their tablet that has the same common settings, files and apps due to them being stored on the local cloud.

And then when traveling home he can use his phone with the same interface, settings, apps and files, due to them all being available on the Microsoft cloud. And again when he gets home he can relax on the Xbox as it to shares the same layout as all his other devices.
Nexxo 6th February 2014, 17:45 Quote
^^^ Cigar: I give it to you.
Corky42 6th February 2014, 18:53 Quote
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^^^ Cigar: I give it to you.
It's all lovely if you don't mind one company having access to all your data, personal details and knowing everything about you, from where you are to what you buy. For some of us tin foil hat wearing people, divulging so much information about your personal life smells a bit like 1984.

And then some people may not like using the same interface on everything from a 5″ phone to a 50″ TV and everything inbetween, along with the distinctly different ways they interact with those devices. As appears to be the case with the poor reception and/or market share that Windows 8.x has had so far.
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