Why New CEO Nadella May Be Wrong for Microsoft

While many people are applauding MicrosoftEUs choice to replace Steve Ballmer as the companyEUs CEO, criticism is already emerging. Some are questioning whether the choice signals a new era or a new error. Still others are saying the appointment of Satya Nadella is not enough.

Nevertheless, Nadella, an India native who previously held the position of executive vice president of MicrosoftEUs Cloud and Enterprise Group, is the newly-minted CEO. HeEUs also taking a seat on the board of directors. All this is effective immediately.

"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella," said Bill Gates, Microsoft's founder and member of the board of directors. "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."

A Little Disappointed

Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company's portfolio of products and services, most notably the company's move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors.

Nevertheless, Zeus Kerravala, a principal analyst at ZK Research, told us heEUs a little disappointed that Microsoft chose an insider. Although Nadella has enjoyed undeniable success at the company during his 22 years, heEUs convinced that Redmond needed a change of attitude and a change of culture -- someone who is willing to come in and rock the boat -- that even an insider as qualified as Nadella canEUt...

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