This year Microsoft turned over a new leaf with new CEO Satya Nadella. This week, he began what appears to be a bold new chapter in the history of Microsoft with a manifesto of sorts, one that includes the line "tired traditions will be questioned." He also goes on to note that "nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture to deliver on this core strategy."
Why would Microsoft have their new CEO, Satya Nadella, come to a New York City just to launch a new product? Word this week is that he’ll be attending the May 20th event to bring on the Surface Mini, the first Surface tablet to be released by Microsoft with a display smaller than 10.6-inches. We’ve already seen an 8-inch Windows tablet in the Acer Iconia W3 - can Microsoft’s release do better?
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella originally opposed the company's acquisition of Nokia's device business, it's reported, with claims of a ferocious board meeting that saw then-CEO Steve Ballmer shouting at the leadership team over their deal doubts. The outspoken exec, Microsoft's second CEO in the company's history, supposedly signed his fate, with his shouting - apparently audible outside of the closed conference room - getting him the necessary support to go ahead with the Nokia purchase, but also the final stroke in undermining the board's confidence in him.
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed the latest executive shuffle, suggesting that he demanded his senior leadership team commit to being "all in" and that some execs were unwilling to step up. "We need to drive clarity, alignment and intensity across all our work" Nadella wrote in an open-letter today, with Tony Bates and Tami Reller opting to leave Microsoft instead.
Two high-profile Microsoft execs are tipped to make a surprise departure from the company, backing out shortly after new CEO Satya Nadella takes the reins. Tony Bates, EVP of business development and evangelism, and Tami Reller, EVP of marketing, are each set to leave, insiders at Microsoft claim, over what's billed as executive in-fighting and CEO envy.
This morning Microsoft founder Bill Gates answered questions from users from around the world in his second "AMA" session on Reddit. It was there that he confirmed oddities small and answered questions large, building off his pre-made "myths" video released today as well. One of the first - and perhaps smallest - factoids confirmed by Gates was that the device he uses regularly is a Microsoft Surface 2 PRO.
Here's a question for you: will Satya Nadella, Microsoft's newly appointed chief executive, sell the Xbox division?
There have been some rumblings in the past that Microsoft could sell the Xbox division, but it's not been clear which companies would actually want to own the business. It also might make it a harder sell, since the company recently acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise, and has continued to say that the Halo franchise will be an important part of its gaming strategy over the next several years.
Several potential candidates for Microsoft CEO bowed out over concerns about how vocal and intrusive Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer would be, sources close to the selection process say, with final selection Satya Nadella supposedly clinching the deal in part because of how close he wanted Gates to be, not how distant. That Microsoft had only had, until this week, two chief executives in its history - both of whom had notoriously strong personalities - had supposedly dissuaded possible external candidates like Ford CEO Alan Mulally.
Satya Nadella wears hoodies. He understands the rules of cricket. More importantly, the newly-named Microsoft CEO understands hardware, something Steve Ballmer has struggled to convince the company, its board and investors, and indeed its OEM partners and customers, that he does over the course of his tenure. "I want us to be able to take our focus and innovation forward" Nadella said of his aims at the company where he's already spent 22 of his 46 years.