First things first, who is Satya Nadella?
Nadella has previously headed Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group and is only the third CEO in Microsoft's 39-year history, following co-founder Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer
According to PC World, apart from being associated with Microsoft for a long time and heading the cloud unit, Nadella is credited with transforming Windows Live Search into Bing, which now provides the informational backbone to a wide range of Microsoft services.dnaindia.com
Nadella has helped Microsoft's cloud platform, Azure, become a more serious competitor to Amazon's cloud. Before becoming head of cloud and enterprise engineering, Nadella led Microsoft's server and tools division.npr.org
According to the Wall Street Journal, Nadella will have a base salary of $1.2 million, which is more than 70% higher than the base pay Steve Ballmer was making
A company man, Nadella is also a hyper-educated guy
Nadella knows Microsoft and its culture — he's been working there since 1992. Before taking up the job at Microsoft, Satya was a part of Oracle-owned Sun Microsystems. His education started in his native India, where he attended Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, and earned his bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from Manipal University.npr.org
In the U.S., he picked up a master's degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, before earning an MBA from the University of Chicago.npr.org
Nadella sees the future of Microsoft in devices and services, not software. In a December interview with Quartz about his vision, Nadella said:
"I think reconceptualizing Microsoft as a devices and services company is absolutely what our vision is all about. Office 365 and Azure on the services side are representative of it. Does that mean we won't have our software available for other people to build on? No. Windows is available outside of our devices. Windows server is available outside of our data centers.qz.com
We think that's important because there will always be distributed computing. But at the same time, there is also the customer expectations that we should complete the scenario. That means running a cloud platform, running a cloud service. So we're conceptualizing the future of Microsoft along those pivots."qz.com
According to Bill Gates Nadella's "vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs"
In contrast to Ballmer, known as a rowdy basketball fan and pickup game player with aggressive elbows, Nadella is a bookish and soft-spoken type, with hobbies of cricket and poetry. Nadella speaks of the "humbling" and "incredible honour" to take the lead at Microsoft along with a passion to continue to educate himself through classes and books.smh.com.au
Speaking about himself, Nadella says he's "a learner”
After Nadella was announced the new CEO, he wrote a lengthy email to employees telling them who he is and why he is here. You can read the full letter below.