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Feb 5 2014   3:08AM GMT

New Microsoft CEO Named

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

I was wondering when the new CEO would be crowned, well now it’s official. Satya Nadella will be the 3rd CEO to take the reigns in 39 years.

Nadella is credited as a key leader in moving the company towards cloud services, around products including Bing, Xbox and Microsoft Office. His time at MS oversaw a period of huge growth for Microsoft Business Services, too, growing that segment of the business from a $1.5 billion slice of pie to a $5 billion segment in just five years’ time.

In an email to Microsoft employees published by the company, Steve Ballmer announced the news and said he was “pumped about the future of Microsoft” (typical Ballmer, we’ll miss you big guy). He praises Nadella’s technical and business skills, and gets surface-level emotional about Microsoft’s big, bold moves.

Below Bill Gates welcomes Nadella as Microsoft CEO. source techcrunch

Do you think this new CEO will steer the ship in a different direction that Microsoft has currently gone? Maybe he will bring the “real” start button back! Doubt that, either way, we wish him luck!

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