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For only the third time in Microsoft’s 38 year history they have announced a new CEO – Satya Nadella. After months of what I imagine to be hundreds of interviews with numerous candidates, Microsoft was able to finally narrow down to one.

Nadella says in an internal memo to Microsoft Employees:

“Today is a very humbling day for me, it is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours.” He also writes “While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more, 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.”

Here is the first interview with Nadella as the new CEO:

Nadella has been with Microsoft for over 20 years, he studied Electrical Engineering at Mangalore University and then moved to the US to study computer science. While at Microsoft he has worked in the Office, Bing and Cloud Divisions.

Some say Nadella is a “safe” choice, I think he is a smart choice – if Microsoft had selected a person from outside of Microsoft there would be at least a two year period of transition, confusion and stagnation – none of which Microsoft can afford to happen right now. Instead, they needed to choose someone who understands Microsoft, Hardware, Software and Services and already has the connections and understanding of the Microsoft ecosystem.

Even though Nadella is from within, I don’t believe that this means that he will sit back and ride the waves of what is in place already at Microsoft, I think he will work hard to push innovation and products to the next level.

I’m excited for this new chapter at Microsoft, I see a bright future.

What are your thoughts?

Source: Microsoft