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    Exclamation It's official: Satya Nadella is Microsoft's new CEO

    And, Bill Gates to 'substantially increase time' at the company!

    Microsoft's new CEO is Satya Nadella. He warns that 'our industry does not respect tradition ó it only respects innovation.'

    After several reports last week, Microsoft just made it official: Satya Nadella is the company's new CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer.

    The 46-year-old Nadella will take over immediately, allowing Ballmer to retire early. Here's his first letter to the company's employees:

    From: Satya Nadella
    To: All Employees
    Date: Feb. 4, 2014
    Subject: RE: Satya Nadella Ė Microsoftís New CEO

    Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world. I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place. I knew there was no better company to join if I wanted to make a difference. This is the very same inspiration that continues to drive me today.

    It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve and Bill have taken it from an idea to one of the greatest and most universally admired companies in the world. Iíve been fortunate to work closely with both Bill and Steve in my different roles at Microsoft, and as I step in as CEO, Iíve asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products. Iím also looking forward to working with John Thompson as our new Chairman of the Board.

    While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more. Our industry does not respect tradition ó it only respects innovation. This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places ó 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.

    As we start a new phase of our journey together, I wanted to share some background on myself and what inspires and motivates me.

    Who am I?

    I am 46. Iíve been married for 22 years and we have 3 kids. And like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences. Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me.

    Why am I here?

    I am here for the same reason I think most people join Microsoft ó to change the world through technology that empowers people to do amazing things. I know it can sound hyperbolic ó and yet itís true. We have done it, weíre doing it today, and we are the team that will do it again.

    I believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize ó many of the things we do and experience in business, life and our world. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning.

    This is a software-powered world.

    It will better connect us to our friends and families and help us see, express, and share our world in ways never before possible. It will enable businesses to engage customers in more meaningful ways.

    I am here because we have unparalleled capability to make an impact.

    Why are we here?

    In our early history, our mission was about the PC on every desk and home, a goal we have mostly achieved in the developed world. Today weíre focused on a broader range of devices. While the deal is not yet complete, we will welcome to our family Nokia devices and services and the new mobile capabilities they bring us.

    As we look forward, we must zero in on what Microsoft can uniquely contribute to the world. The opportunity ahead will require us to reimagine a lot of what we have done in the past for a mobile and cloud-first world, and do new things.

    We are the only ones who can harness the power of software and deliver it through devices and services that truly empower every individual and every organization. We are the only company with history and continued focus in building platforms and ecosystems that create broad opportunity.

    Qi Lu captured it well in a recent meeting when he said that Microsoft uniquely empowers people to "do more." This doesnít mean that we need to do more things, but that the work we do empowers the world to do more of what they care about ó get stuff done, have fun, communicate and accomplish great things. This is the core of who we are, and driving this core value in all that we do ó be it the cloud or device experiences ó is why we are here.

    What do we do next?

    To paraphrase a quote from Oscar Wilde ó we need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable.

    This starts with clarity of purpose and sense of mission that will lead us to imagine the impossible and deliver it. We need to prioritize innovation that is centered on our core value of empowering users and organizations to "do more." We have picked a set of high-value activities as part of our One Microsoft strategy. And with every service and device launch going forward we need to bring more innovation to bear around these scenarios.

    Next, every one of us needs to do our best work, lead and help drive cultural change. We sometimes underestimate what we each can do to make things happen and overestimate what others need to do to move us forward. We must change this.

    Finally, I truly believe that each of us must find meaning in our work. The best work happens when you know that it's not just work, but something that will improve other people's lives. This is the opportunity that drives each of us at this company.

    Many companies aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources, and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance. And as the new CEO, I canít ask for a better foundation.

    Letís build on this foundation together.

    Meanwhile, MS co-founder Bill Gates steps down as chairman today. BUT now, his new official title is founder and technology advisor. "I'm thrilled that Satya has asked me to step up, substantially increasing my time at the company", he said.

    "I'm thrilled that Satya has asked me to step up, substantially increasing the time that I spend at the company," Gates says in a video discussing Nadella's new role. "I'll have over a third of my time available to meet with product groups, and it'll be fun to define this next round of products working together."

    Though Gates has regularly stated that he'd prefer to spend more of his time working on philanthropic projects than Microsoft, Nadella is said to have requested Gates' assistance while stepping into his new role. Gates says that Nadella has the right background to lead Microsoft forward, explaining that Microsoft has large opportunities ahead of it in mobile and cloud computing ó the latter an area that Nadella has plenty of experience in. "The opportunity for Microsoft is greater than ever before," Gates says.

    Gates will be succeeded as chairman by John Thompson, who joined Microsoft's board in February of 2012. Thompson is currently the CEO of Virtual Instruments and previously served as CEO and chairman of Symantec. Thompson's appointment also marks a major change for Microsoft: Gates has served as the company's chairman since 1981, well before he stepped down as CEO. The leadership change comes at a critical point for Microsoft, and it's clear that both Gates and Nadella know it. The PC industry is slowing down; now they'll need to help Microsoft find greater success in mobile and the cloud from their new roles.
    You can watch some videos about them below!

    - Bill Gates welcomes Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO.

    - Satya Nadella: His first interview as CEO of Microsoft.

    NEWS SOURCE #1: Satya Nadella Microsoft CEO (via) TheVerge
    NEWS SOURCE #2: Bill Gates steps down Microsoft chairman named Tech Advisor (via) TheVerge

    Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news item!

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    All this is very strange. Like a person have create all this, relinquish to the command!?!. He has only 60 years, not 90. he is still operative to 100%...for sure Microsoft will be like Apple. After loose the principal boss all gone to the sh*t.

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