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Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

timothy posted about 8 months ago | from the don't-blame-me-I-voted-for-kodos dept.

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Nerval's Lobster writes "As widely expected after last week's rumors, Satya Nadella has been named the new CEO of Microsoft. Nadella is Microsoft's third CEO, after co-founder Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. He's been with the company for more than twenty years, eventually becoming executive vice president of its Cloud and Enterprise division; Nadella and his team were responsible for the creation of 'Cloud OS,' the platform that powers Microsoft's large-scale cloud services such as SkyDrive, Azure, and Office 365. Under his guidance, Microsoft's revenue from cloud services has grown by several billion dollars over the past few years. In his email to employees, Nadella said that he was 'humbled' by his appointment, and that he had asked Bill Gates to act as a close adviser in the months and years ahead." He devoted much of the rest of the email "to explaining his philosophy of technology, and how that will ultimately influence his leadership. '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,' he added. '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.' A lot of tech companies would disagree the assertion that Microsoft is the 'only' company capable of merging hardware and software into forms that businesses and consumers find appealing, but Nadella must do his best to reassert his company's position as a technology leader. Nadella indicated near the end of his email that he would follow through on the 'One Microsoft' strategy formulated under Ballmer, which includes a massive reorganization currently underway." Reader rjmarvin notes that "Nadella will take over as CEO immediately, allowing Steve Ballmer to retire early," and reader SmartAboutThings says that "John Thompson, a lead independent director for the Board of Directors, will take over the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors that Gates held."

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NOOOOOOOOO (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149717)

We need Elop, not Nadella!

Elop NOW!

Re:NOOOOOOOOO (2)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 8 months ago | (#46149891)

Your post was almost relevant, if at least you'd explain why Elop is better (?)

Re:NOOOOOOOOO (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150143)

Because he would sink the ship, as he did with Nokia.

Re:NOOOOOOOOO (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150145)

Well for starters he has a male name.

Re:NOOOOOOOOO (1)

d33tah (2722297) | about 8 months ago | (#46150387)

Agreed. For one, I hoped that Microsoft was took over by a woman, which could mean that finally someone who cares about the look-and-feel is in control of the company. By the way, he's Indian, so it looks like it's a normal name there: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

Re:NOOOOOOOOO (5, Insightful)

Penguinisto (415985) | about 8 months ago | (#46150325)

We need Elop, not Nadella!

No worries - Elop will still be well rewarded for his efforts. Expect a new VP in MSFT soon.

(I only wish this were a conspiracy theory...)

Office 365 (5, Insightful)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about 8 months ago | (#46149719)

Well, after being responsible for Office 365, what could possibly go wrong?

Re:Office 365 (0)

EvilSS (557649) | about 8 months ago | (#46149777)

So what's wrong with Office 365? I know lots of small-mid sized businesses that love it. Even for individuals, if you are going to use Office products is a decent way to go, especially if you have multiple PCs.

Re:Office 365 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149835)

The whole concept of running a text processor on a remote server when you have a super computer from 20 years ago inside your pocket is just so stupid it prompts for decapitation. Also well deserved slavery.

Re:Office 365 (5, Informative)

EvilSS (557649) | about 8 months ago | (#46149889)

The whole concept of running a text processor on a remote server when you have a super computer from 20 years ago inside your pocket is just so stupid it prompts for decapitation. Also well deserved slavery.

WTF are you talking about? Office 365 is subscription office for individuals (with other perks like some cloud storage and Skype credits) as well as hosted server products for businesses. You get the full Office suite, the same binaries you get if you buy the boxed version. They have been playing around with a web based version to allow editing when you are on the road or on a guest PC, but that is not the focus of the product at all.

Re:Office 365 (5, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about 8 months ago | (#46149899)

So what's wrong with Office 365?

Because storing your private/confidential information in a cloud is a stupid idea, because you don't really have control over your data.

Anything you store in Microsoft's cloud is subject to the PATRIOT Act and can be demanded with a secret warrant.

And, as much as Microsoft likes to talk about Scroogling, you can bet your ass they are doing the exact same thing, and if they say otherwise they're lying to you.

Lots of people love heroin too, that doesn't make it good for you.

Re:Office 365 (5, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 8 months ago | (#46149935)

Because storing your private/confidential information in a cloud is a stupid idea, because you don't really have control over your data.

In a lot of cases, yes. That doesn't mean that this particular implementation of a cloud office system is a poor one, nor reflect badly on it's exec, who was doing the job asked.

Your tinfoil hat is on too tight (5, Insightful)

sjbe (173966) | about 8 months ago | (#46149991)

Because storing your private/confidential information in a cloud is a stupid idea, because you don't really have control over your data.

I think your tinfoil hat is on too tight. There are plenty of cases where the data isn't all that confidential. It's not really all that hard to store confidential things locally or offline while using cloud storage for less sensitive items. We use Google Drive in our company to store work instructions and forms. If someone at NSA want's to look at those then they can go right ahead. It's nothing that requires deep levels of secrecy but it does require efficient controlled distribution and multiple person access.

Re:Your tinfoil hat is on too tight (5, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about 8 months ago | (#46150101)

I think your tinfoil hat is on too tight.

But it doesn't work if it's not tight. :-P

I've worked in private industry, and I've done consultant work with government -- and any non-US government or large industry using Microsoft cloud services is opening themselves up for problems.

The entire world that isn't the US should avoid any of Microsoft's cloud services. So, if you're an American entity, go ahead and use them. If you're not, and you use them, you're an idiot and your data will be potentially used illegally with neither your knowledge or consent.

So the easiest solution is to not use the service at all.

Re:Office 365 (1)

EvilSS (557649) | about 8 months ago | (#46149995)

If you are an individual, just don't store it on Skydrive (or whatever it's called now). It's not mandatory for you to do so with 365. If you are a business, well, that same PATRIOT act (or other similar act from whatever country you reside in, as the NSA leaks have shown most countries are very "cooperative") will allow them to come to your datacenter and demand the same data. Again, you don't have to store the data on MS servers if you are just using Office products and not also hosting with them for email, CRM, etc.

Re:Office 365 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150253)

As EvilSS pointed out, Office 365 runs locally, just like every other version of Office has... likewise, you don't HAVE to store your data in the cloud, that is 100% optional... yes, IIRC, by default it will try and store stuff in SkyDrive, but you can change that at any time. You're tinfoil hat argument, which may indeed have some merit generally, doesn't hold (all of it's) water WRT this product... until they make SkyDrive 100% compulsory, it's not much different than it's ever been and your concerns aren't really valid.

Look, I've got my beefs with Microsoft same as everyone, and some of them are pretty big... but Office 365 is actually one of the BETTER thing they've done... I wasn't sold on the subscription model at first, but you know, $99/yr for the latest-and-greatest version on 5 PCs, which covers my whole family and my laptop (not to mention the ability to move licenses around very easily and the ability to temporarily run it somewhere else if needed) isn't a bad deal at all as it turns out.

Re:Office 365 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150337)

So, by your logic, Penicillin is bad. I'm allergic to it, therefore it is bad for everyone. QED.

I don't use that product nor do I know anyone that does, but it hasn't failed yet so someone must be using it. Just because YOU don't like (won't use) something doesn't necessarily make it a bust.

Side note: money is also bad since people are killed over it. So, logically, you should rid yourself of it. Post on /. when and where plz.

Re:Office 365 (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149787)

But it makes sense. Microsoft is full of Indian "techs" who know nothing more than how to read off of a checklist. It's fitting that the new CEO should be someone along those lines.

Re:Office 365 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149823)

At the best nothing, but at the worst it could take your firstborn.

Re:Office 365 (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 8 months ago | (#46149951)

They'll release another product that protects them from being "squeezed out" by Google's growing cloud computing services? Oh no, what a terrible business that would be. Better they keep putting out $500 Office suites that everyone has realised they don't need to own.

I wouold argue (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 months ago | (#46149735)

that Steve Ballmer retiring now is not 'early'. About a decade late.

Re:I wouold argue (1)

EvilSS (557649) | about 8 months ago | (#46149745)

And you would not be wrong.

Re:I wouold argue (5, Funny)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 8 months ago | (#46149887)

Will Satya Nadella support developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers though?

Re:I wouold argue (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150151)

Will Satya Nadella support developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers though?

or vagina.

Re:I wouold argue (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150197)

Not directly, but through cocaine snorting.

Re:I wouold argue (5, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about 8 months ago | (#46150381)

He's not retiring; he has simply outsourced his chair-tossing to an Indian guy.

Doomed (3, Insightful)

js3 (319268) | about 8 months ago | (#46149739)

Hate Ballmer all you want but that dude knew how to make money.

Re:Doomed (2)

hodet (620484) | about 8 months ago | (#46149771)

just not for his shareholders.

Re:Doomed (2)

kthreadd (1558445) | about 8 months ago | (#46150105)

Which is the only thing a company should do.

Re:Doomed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150283)

No, it's not. A company is supposed to make good products/services.

Re:Doomed (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | about 8 months ago | (#46150427)

no, a company is supposed to do what its owners want (the owners are the shareholders).

That most CEOs think the company belongs to them, and follow through with whatever crazy personal schemes they like is just a symptom of poor oversight from said shareholders, but that doesn't mean a company exists to do anything other than enrich its owners. Typically enriching owners is best done by making great products, but then many others do it by screwing the crap out of a locked-in customer base.

Think of that next time you open an old .doc file...

Re:Doomed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150419)

Luckily, non-profit organizations take on society's other important tasks, such as protecting our freedom by creating and spreading viral software licenses.

Re:Doomed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149803)

Really? Would you have done any worse starting from where he did? Chances are that a monkey, making random decisions, might have gotten similar results. The guy is nothing but a used car salesman.

Re:Doomed (2)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 8 months ago | (#46149911)

The guy is nothing but a used car salesman

Actually, used software principles salesman. Close enough.

Re:Doomed (5, Insightful)

EvilSS (557649) | about 8 months ago | (#46149857)

No doubt, but he didn't know how to innovate or even keep up with new technologies and markets. Microsoft has been floundering for the past decade, riding the momentum they built up in the 80's and 90's but never successfully adding to it. Their strategy lately is almost monkey throwing darts. Let's try this! No, this! No, that!

At the same time they poisoned their own corporate environment and created a ton of churn in their lower ranks, bleeding young new talent to rivals and startups.

Re:Doomed (5, Insightful)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | about 8 months ago | (#46150069)

You are 100% bang on when you say " Let's try this! No, this! No, that! " -- Microsoft is running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

It is because MS doen't have a freaking clue about *good* User Interface or User Experience. To understand UI you need to understand TWO things:

1. S/N and
2. Flow.

Here is the perfect example of Microsoft being total fucktards: google: visual studio 2012 menu all caps

https://www.google.com/search?... [google.com]

We use uppercase and lowercase in books to make it EASIER to read. Reading off a screen is already harder on the eyes why the hell would you make it even more so?!?! Oh, and let's get rid of those underlines so people can actually *see* and *learn* the hotkeys / keyboard accelerators. Let's dumb the UI down to full retard mode because how dare anyone suggest you can design a UI for novices and the power user!

Microsoft will never understand that you need to take advantage of the strengths AND be aware of the weaknesses of the hardware to massage the Software + Hardware + User Experience. Microsoft has all the arrogance of Apple without understanding why Apple makes some of its changes. (Apple is by no means a saint, but they tend to have a more consistent User Experience.)

> they poisoned their own corporate environment

Yup! Stack Ranking has to be the dumbest move ever. As a company you want to motivate your employees; it is also import to not demotivate them.

Again, MS is clueless.

Re:Doomed (1)

WhatHump (951645) | about 8 months ago | (#46150169)

Hasn't that been the strategy at most companies for the last decade? Other than a few sensations like Apple, most companies have been successful at slashing costs through outsourcing and downsizing, rather than spectacular innovations.

Re:Doomed (2)

EvilSS (557649) | about 8 months ago | (#46150257)

Hasn't that been the strategy at most companies for the last decade? Other than a few sensations like Apple, most companies have been successful at slashing costs through outsourcing and downsizing, rather than spectacular innovations.

I would say Apple and Google have both been innovating quite a bit, and they are Microsoft's two biggest rivals. Compared to them MS has been standing still.

Re:Doomed (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149873)

Hate Ballmer all you want but that dude knew how to make money.

I would rather state that Microsoft was profitable, despite Ballmer was at the helm.

Re:Doomed (5, Insightful)

UnknowingFool (672806) | about 8 months ago | (#46149931)

The reason that he's leaving is that the shareholders surmise that MS made money despite Ballmer not because of him. MS has two main sources of revenue and profit: Windows and Office. These were the same when he took over. Even then Windows is starting to decline. Windows Vista was hated and so is Win 8. They still made money because OEMs really have no choice.

Re:Doomed (1)

zorro-z (1423959) | about 8 months ago | (#46150369)

I wouldn't say that "OEMs really have no choice." Rather, they *could* choose desktop linux rather than Windows, but have chosen not to do so. Frankly, I don't much blame them- I consider myself a linux fan, and even I'm fairly sure that my next desktop computer will run some version of Windows rather than any version of linux, at least as a primary OS (I'll definitely keep my roll-your-own linux NAS, and will probably dual-boot linux). Desktop linux is the monorail of computing- it's the future, always has been, and always will be.

And, it's the choice that OEMs have chosen not to make.

Wait wait wait..... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149799)

Too late...I've lost interest

Any bets yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149815)

How they will survive, once it's evident they aren't magicians that can turn up company quickly as profitable they once were?

Re:Any bets yet? (2)

EvilSS (557649) | about 8 months ago | (#46150091)

For an immediate uptick in profits they could just kill off unprofitable ventures that don't show any promise going forward. Microsoft makes mountains of money from OS, server (SQL, Exchange, etc), and Office products. That is not going to change anytime soon. Even with the downturn in PC buying their bread and butter is still their business products, and those lucrative enterprise agreements. Drop the crap that's not working, then start working on new products that actually make sense. They have plenty of working capital right now to make such a transition possible and without a ton of risk.

In other words ... (4, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about 8 months ago | (#46149817)

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

In other words, Microsoft is going to proceed with a vision which may or may not be of interest to consumers, and once again tell us what we want instead of listening to us.

So now the same idiot who was in charge of XBox being an always on-line nuisance is going to ram this philosophy through the rest of the product lines.

They might find this to their detriment.

Re:In other words ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149907)

don't see Steve's Apple doing much listening either and they seems to have a dedicated following that are willing to pay almost anything for what ever Apple tell them they need

Re:In other words ... (5, Insightful)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 8 months ago | (#46149987)

don't see Steve's Apple doing much listening either

Steve Jobs, also, told us what we want. The difference: he was right in what he chose to offer.

Re:In other words ... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150159)

Actually, Apple DOES listen. Dedicated Apple users were demanding a powerful updated Mac Pro. The Mac Pro does not make as much money as phones and tablets but the hardcore Apple users (i.e. creative professionals) wanted a new Mac Pro for a long time and they got a very powerful and pretty reasonably priced one. So like the typical autistic dweeb you just don't "get it".

Re:In other words ... (4, Insightful)

Sockatume (732728) | about 8 months ago | (#46149925)

Cloud services is one of the few parts of MS that is both making money and growing. I'd say that's a pretty strong signal about who their customers actually are, and what those customers actually want.

You want MS to be Sony, Nintendo, or Apple. Unfortunately the dream of that MS died when the skunk works team behind the original Xbox were squeezed out. Better they become a productive business company than continue as a half-assed consumer one.

Re:In other words ... (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 8 months ago | (#46149981)

In other words, Microsoft is going to proceed with a vision which may or may not be of interest to consumers, and once again tell us what we want instead of listening to us.

Consumers don't really know what they want in new technology until they are shown it. Microsoft's problem has not been making it's own product plans, but making bad product plans.

Re:In other words ... (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | about 8 months ago | (#46150205)

I would also say their problem has been execution. Tablets and smartphones were done by MS long before Apple got into the markets. I had one of their WinMobile smartphones; it was just buggy and hard to use. Their tablets were little more than more expensive but foldable Windows laptops with touchscreens. It must really chide Ballmer that Apple not only moved into their markets later but overtook them in such a short time.

Re:In other words ... (2)

tero (39203) | about 8 months ago | (#46150073)

In other words, Microsoft is going to proceed with a vision which may or may not be of interest to consumers, and once again tell us what we want instead of listening to us.

To be honest, if I was the CEO I wouldn't listen to "us" either. Why should I? We (I guess the collective consumers and customers) have no idea what we actually want.

Except perhaps "cool free stuff" and at most "innovation" which doesn't really mean anything at all.

He's been heading one of the divisions that has made most money lately - fairly good choice I'd say...

Re:In other words ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150157)

In other words, Microsoft is going to proceed with a vision which may or may not be of interest to consumers, and once again tell us what we want instead of listening to us.

The trouble with this approach is that if you ask people what they want, they'll usually say they want the same things they already like, which really takes you nowhere when you're trying to innovate.

Did the Windows 95 Start Menu everyone seems to love nowadays (for some reason) come about because MS started asking people how they wanted their desktop to work?
Did we get the iPhone because Apple held a damn public focus group asking people how they wanted their phones to work?

If MS asked you lot what the hell it is you wanted, most of you would say "we just want Windows 7, booting as fast as Windows 8 does".
Sure, Microsoft mostly screwed up their approach to the whole touch / non-touch interface thing. But I sure hope that instead of "OMG WHAT HAVE WE DONE WE'RE SORRY HERE'S WINDOWS 7 NOW FASTER THAN EVER... ARE WE ALL GOOD NOW.... PLEASE?" they regroup, rethink Metro, and try again.

Re:In other words ... (2)

0123456 (636235) | about 8 months ago | (#46150447)

If MS asked you lot what the hell it is you wanted, most of you would say "we just want Windows 7, booting as fast as Windows 8 does".

Um, yes. Except Windows 7 already boots as fast as Window 8 if you use hibernate instead of powering down, like it does.

What would have been wrong with that? Exactly what 'innovation' has Window 8 brought that anyone actually wanted?

Re:In other words ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150443)

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
Henry Ford

Reimagine! (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 8 months ago | (#46149843)

...require us to reimagine a lot of what we have done

Following the reimagined Battlestar Galactica, where cylons look like humans, the reimagined Microsoft CEO will lose the borg mask.

Market voice (1)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 8 months ago | (#46149851)

An indication on Nadella's "rating" from a business perspective will be reflected by the MS share quotation tomorrow.

Re:Market voice (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 8 months ago | (#46149999)

Why wait till tomorrow? The market is open now, and already has the news. MSFT is flat, so the market's opinion is a big fat "meh!"

Re:Market voice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150405)

And the market was hearing Nadella was the CEO for about the past week and a half. In that time MSFT is up 2% while the market at large is down 5%. So you are wrong.

Re:Market voice (1)

EvilSS (557649) | about 8 months ago | (#46150127)

An indication on Nadella's "rating" from a business perspective will be reflected by the MS share quotation tomorrow.

The market really didn't react much, but then again Nadella has been the rumored front runner for a few weeks now so it's really no surprise to anyone. I think everyone is going to wait until he starts making some announcements on direction before they react.

This is going to change everything! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149869)

Finally, I can ditch Linux and go back to windows 8.1, skyDrive, office365, bing search and live accounts.

Re:This is going to change everything! (1)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 8 months ago | (#46149955)

"go back" to win 8.1" meaning you're not in the Linux world since long ago. "bing search" well, no need of windows, you can even search from Bing in Linux..

Re:This is going to change everything! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150085)

Wow you're dumb.

"humbled"? (-1, Troll)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about 8 months ago | (#46149883)

If he was humbled by being appointed CEO, then one of several things is true:

(A) He doesn't know what "humbled" means.

(B) He has a very bizarre psyche.

(C) He thinks that being made CEO is a punishment for some mistake he's made in his current job.

Re:"humbled"? (4, Insightful)

sideslash (1865434) | about 8 months ago | (#46149967)

It's a way of being polite and classy, and saying "I know there are a lot of really qualified people around me, and your selection of me has forced me to honestly reflect on my weaknesses." It's more a communication to his peers who were just passed over for the job than to the underlings who were never in the running.

Now, did you really need that explained to you, or were you just running your mouth?

Re:"humbled"? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 8 months ago | (#46150021)

I think he needs to read more.

Re:"humbled"? (2)

sideslash (1865434) | about 8 months ago | (#46150203)

Good idea. Here are some books for a start (hint: being humbled by receiving an honor is a common expression in literature).

Google Books Search [google.com]

Re:"humbled"? (3, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | about 8 months ago | (#46149973)

(C) He thinks that being made CEO is a punishment for some mistake he's made in his current job.

Or maybe a past life

When I saw his name... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149993)

When I saw the name of the new CEO, I thought ,"So, they finally started getting H1-Bs as CEOs."

You'll see folks, this will start supressing CEO salaries and before you know, boards will start screaming about the shortage of qualifed CEOs. And we'll see ads like this:

Looking for experienced CEO. Must have had at least 10 years of experience as CEO in the tech, automotive, banking and real estate industries.

Knowledge of MS Excel or equivalent.

Re:"humbled"? (4, Funny)

Sockatume (732728) | about 8 months ago | (#46150017)

To be humbled, to be made to feel small or modest. Pretty standard bit of English. Seems a natural reaction to being put into a massively auspicious position. You're not a robot powered by a 1900s dictionary and a copy of Stunk and White-Out are you?

Re:"humbled"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150029)

You should also look up the word "idiom".

Re:"humbled"? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150067)

Try not to be too autistic you fucking moron, pedantic shit like that is why nerds get beat up in high school.

Re:"humbled"? (1)

sideslash (1865434) | about 8 months ago | (#46150175)

This is a nerd website, my dear AC. The goonish bullies of high school are all working at Walmart now. Pretty sure I have nothing to worry about.

Re:"humbled"? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150261)

Mitt Romney works at Walmart? Oh. no, wait he owns Staples, where useless PC technician dweebs like you slave away for ten bucks an hour servicing Dells.

Re:"humbled"? (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | about 8 months ago | (#46150115)

> (C) He thinks that being made CEO is a punishment for some mistake he's made in his current job.

That's known as the "Peter Principle" or "Dilbert Principle" ;-)

"... companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management (generally middle management), in order to limit the amount of damage they are capable of doing."

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D... [wikipedia.org]

Give him a chance (5, Interesting)

jones_supa (887896) | about 8 months ago | (#46149939)

Well, let's at least not destroy this guy immediately. Maybe he has something good to bring to Microsoft as the CEO.

Re:Give him a chance (0)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 8 months ago | (#46150011)

To be fair, they don't have anywhere to go but up (or belly up) at this point.

Re:Give him a chance (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150209)

They are a 300 billion dollar company and between the 4th and 6th largest company in world (depends on fluctuating stock prices). I realize you probably get all of your info from Slashdot comments, but in the real world they are doing quite well.

Re:Give him a chance (1)

mlts (1038732) | about 8 months ago | (#46150147)

He isn't tossing chairs just yet.

I do have high hopes for this guy. MS, though not as flashy as other computer companies, has a lot of directions it can go for growth/innovation. They sit on a lot of technologies, and pretty much own the enterprise. MS had some bumps last year, but the main reason they emerged profitable was the price hike on their server products.

But ... He hath (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149961)

But ... He hath but a woman's name.

is Microsoft even still a thing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46149965)

I operate in a pretty much completely OSX world. Whenever I see some crusty old Dell core2dou in some bean counters cubicle it just looks like a fucking relic.

Let the hatred commence... (5, Insightful)

HerculesMO (693085) | about 8 months ago | (#46149969)

I've been on Slashdot long enough to know that unless Linus accepted the CEO spot, whoever got it was going to get a lot of hate here.

The only thing I can say is that Microsoft is in dire need of engineering, and they promoted an engineer to the top spot. I think that's refreshing. What happens from here on out depends on what the roadmap looks like, but if the Surface Pro 2 is any indication, they are actually going down a good path on the hardware end of things. Time will tell on the software end.

Re:Let the hatred commence... (4, Insightful)

Chrisq (894406) | about 8 months ago | (#46150019)

I've been on Slashdot long enough to know that unless Linus accepted the CEO spot, whoever got it was going to get a lot of hate here.

If Linus did become CEO of Microsoft I suspect you would see more hate than ever before!

Re:Let the hatred commence... (1)

HerculesMO (693085) | about 8 months ago | (#46150047)

I think you'd see a lot of folks here rationalizing it.

Re:Let the hatred commence... (3, Interesting)

BoRegardless (721219) | about 8 months ago | (#46150117)

Good Start, breaking bad quickly once the rest of the announcement is read!

Unfortunately, Gates and Ballmer left, but they are both mega shareholders, still on the board, and whoppee, Bill Gates is coming back to be more involved in new products "working one day a week" as a rumor out of Redmond says an "anonymous source."

The quote "'We are the only ones who can harness the power of software " is emblematic of the arrogance and lack of analysis of competitor's products, considering that most products now are integrated hardware products.

How come I've already lost interest in what Satya says.

Re:Let the hatred commence... (1)

jkrise (535370) | about 8 months ago | (#46150407)

How come I've already lost interest in what Satya says.

Maybe coz Satya is an Indian? People at high places in Microsoft have been blurting inanities for decades now; and still the Press lap it all up; and even /. debates these sweet-nothings.

Never mind Nedalla, why is Gates stepping down? (4, Interesting)

Viol8 (599362) | about 8 months ago | (#46150043)

Chairman is a mostly ceremonial role so the only reason I can see for him stepping down is that he can see the cliff coming and wants to get off before the company goes over. Either that or he thinks his image has been so poisoned by Ballmer that he suspects he needs to go to make the company's image bounce back.

Very strange.

Re:Never mind Nedalla, why is Gates stepping down? (5, Insightful)

netsavior (627338) | about 8 months ago | (#46150133)

I think he is obsessing about his charity more and more, and even a ceremonial roll is too much. Also, leaving the board is like a vote of confidence in Nadalla. "See I had to babysit Steve 'developers-developers-developers' Balmer, but this new guy is totally fine."

Re:Never mind Nedalla, why is Gates stepping down? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150189)

Nadella Asked Gates to be a Tech Advisor for new technologies.

Re:Never mind Nedalla, why is Gates stepping down? (2)

AlexOsadzinski (221254) | about 8 months ago | (#46150229)

A CEO wants to have the ability to potentially change the course of the company, including, potentially, affecting the sacred cows that inevitably accumulate in any long-term successful business. That can mean reassigning/firing key people who may, in the CEO's eyes, be blocking change. Cancelling beloved pet projects. Forming alliances with former enemies.

The last thing a CEO wants is a Chairman (who may have some limited formal power, but often exerts a lot of informal influence on the Board and key execs) looking over his/her shoulder. In the vanishingly unlikely situation that I had been offered the Microsoft CEO role, I'd love to have Bill as a personal advisor, but I wouldn't want him chairing my Board meetings, either.

Re: Never mind Nedalla, why is Gates stepping down (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150251)

Chairman is the one who really controls the corporation, CEO only takes corporation where chairman wants. The board choose chairman who has power over board members.

Only MS? (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about 8 months ago | (#46150055)

'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.'

The main thing I can think of that makes Microsoft uniquely position for anything is its semi-monopoly status. Is he arguing that they'll use that to take over a new market?

Congratulations (1)

ErichTheRed (39327) | about 8 months ago | (#46150099)

Now, can I please have Windows 9 with the Windows 7 and Windows Classic UI as options?? It's literally the only reason why I'm not switching -- some of the Windows 8 UI is nice, but I can't stand the 2D desktop interface from Windows 2.0.

Seriously, the best thing that could be done for Windows right now is not to dump Metro, but to put it on tablets where it belongs and not force desktop users to buy into the whole touch-first thing.

Re:Congratulations (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 8 months ago | (#46150375)

Now, can I please have Windows 9 with the Windows 7 and Windows Classic UI as options??

Actually there is a chance of exactly that happening.

Could be the "least bad" move (4, Interesting)

AlexOsadzinski (221254) | about 8 months ago | (#46150109)

I've met Satya. It was several years ago, as part of a larger groups of VCs who regularly met Microsoft execs. He comes across as technically knowledgeable, smart, decent "presence" and leadership. He didn't strike me as visionary, but that's hard to judge when you're in a group that's being given the corporate line.

Knowing a little about the Microsoft culture, and having seen it over the past 20+ years, I personally think that an outsider would have a horrible time. First, in a company that is strictly a technocracy (and that comes from Bill himself), a non-technical outsider would be derided and would have a very tough time. A Gerstner->IBM type of hire probably wouldn't work. A technical outsider would still have to deal with the pretty inbred internal culture.

We've seen disastrous "shake the company up with outsiders" hires at HP, Yahoo (not Marissa, the, um, previous errors), Motorola, Nokia and others. Satya is probably, IMHO, a good hire, he knows the culture, and he has to simultaneously manage transitions in various product lines, and keep the money engine going. Remember, while many people talk as if Microsoft is dead and irrelevant, just look around you at almost any conference, or on a flight, and see how many people are using Windows and/or Office. And Microsoft is still worth around a third of a TRILLION dollars. A decent chunk of the US population invests in Microsoft, directly or through funds. A CEO can't take big risks with that market cap.

I wish him the best. He's got a lot to do.

wait for it... (4, Funny)

bugs2squash (1132591) | about 8 months ago | (#46150129)

So he's the new chair man ?

Unclear on why Gates is stepping down as Chairman (2)

mark-t (151149) | about 8 months ago | (#46150233)

Does anyone know why that's going on?

Wisdom of the market (0)

Trailer Trash (60756) | about 8 months ago | (#46150301)

Their stock opened at 36.97, hovering around 36.25 now. Not a lot of excitement either way for the announcement, but still slightly negative.

Nerval's Lobster is a fake (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150327)

Nerval's Lobster is a slashdot editor pretending to be user who only submits links to articles he's written on the Slashdot spinoff sites (slash business intelligence, slash cloud, etc.). Check the Nevral's Lobster user account if you want, you'll see no comments and many submissions, each submission to an article on a spinoff site, each article written by the same person.

Petty fraud aimed at driving traffic to the unpopular Slashdot spinoff sites.

Louder screaming for H1B visas??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46150377)

Just sayin'...

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