Bloomberg: Microsoft to name Nadella CEO, thinking of replacing Gates

Bloomberg reports Microsoft (MSFT) is preparing to name server/cloud product chief Satya Nadella its next CEO, and is thinking of removing Bill Gates as chairman. Lead independent director John Thompson is said to be under consideration for replacing Gates.

Nadella, head of a product group that has arguably represented Microsoft's biggest success story over the last decade, has frequently been mentioned as a leading CEO candidate.

Reuters reported in October three top-20 Microsoft shareholders wanted Gates to resign, arguing he'll block the company's next CEO from making needed changes.

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  • Ruffdog
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    Good choice, I would be sorry to see Bill go.
    30 Jan 2014, 05:20 PM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    Bill? He went a long time ago. You mean Ballmer? If you do you would be the 1 in 100 who are sad to see Steve go.


    As for Satya, it won't be hard to make Microsoft better than it is today. Windows 8 is a miserable failure and despite losing hundreds of millions, it's tablet and mobile forays are mediocre at best. In the meantime cloud is and should be under attack as security is downright sketchy with hackable SSL and government snooping. Since Microsoft gets so much revenue overseas it creates a great pall over high end, sensitive foreign deals just like it does for IBM. Sure if you use cloud solutions you can claim that its someone elses fault, but the simple fact is its still the company's data and responsibility and anyone who promoted using it should be take more of the blame than the cloud solution that gets a data breach. The simple fact is no one in the industry and those that accept it come clean about the risks or discloses it properly to the clients and their boards. If they did, cloud would play a less central part of your data plan and not hold critical or sensitive data.


    We will see if he is just trying to get out of the cloud bubble before something bad happens and it pops or if he really has a vision for this sleeping monstrosity of a company.
    31 Jan 2014, 12:46 AM Reply Like
  • dayo soyemi
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    You must hate Microsoft a ton. Don't worry, you have my undying attention to vent if it eases your pain.
    31 Jan 2014, 11:09 AM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    Really dayo, I couldnt understand half of it
    31 Jan 2014, 12:27 PM Reply Like
  • Transcripts&10-K's
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    Leader of MSFT's strongest business division, one that is growing stronger year after year; Nadella also understands the importance of Bing to MSFT in his prior role at the company. This would be a good pick - hopefully it plays out...
    30 Jan 2014, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • StayCool
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    EXCELLENT choice. Satya has excellent connections and relationships throughout the tech industry and will bring focus to Microsoft's initiatives going forward. I say it's a GO!!!!!
    30 Jan 2014, 05:44 PM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    Seems like an good choice. Microsoft's server/cloud offerings are excellent.
    I too would be sad to see Bill go, but mostly for sentimental reasons, I don't know how much he contributes to the new Microsoft.


    Closure is good.
    30 Jan 2014, 06:00 PM Reply Like
  • davidibanez
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    Wow! This is the best choice by Microsoft hands down from this shareholder. Most people I know really, really wanted Nadella, but never believed he even had a chance. As others have already pointed out, he is the pitch perfect geek's geek to lead Microsoft into the future. Never would have guessed Microsoft would be so bold. Excellent on every dimension.
    30 Jan 2014, 06:40 PM Reply Like
  • jiri75
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    Interesting choice. What i am interesting is if this man with strong technical background will do about Windows. This product sucks for many years and compared to Mac OS X it is slow and buggy every time they release something. Microsoft was too much focus on stuff like cloud and xbox but totally forget about their major product line - Windows. And this product is really in very bad shape. Windows 8 is better than previous disaster but still it is not that user experience you have with Apple. Other troublespot Windows phone. Sorry googol Android and Apple IOS is miles batter that Windows. They really must work on something that is innovative not those me too stuff they did. I will watch Microsoft and will see. But for me it still no reason to buy their shares. I want see windows fixed than I will believe Satya can do it.
    30 Jan 2014, 06:49 PM Reply Like
  • silverscreen
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    Man, I totally hear you. Windows is so bad that all companies in the world use it.
    30 Jan 2014, 08:58 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    Thats why they release updates.


    Are you serious, Android is the buggiest OS out there. Shows what you know. If you dont know what you talking about dont buy any shares of anything.
    31 Jan 2014, 07:00 AM Reply Like
  • dayo soyemi
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    I know. make bad windows OS, own almost 89.7% world market share, make awesome Mac OS X, own 7.53% desktop world market share. Now I am getting it.
    31 Jan 2014, 11:20 AM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    I figured Yahoo's Marissa Mayer was in the running....
    30 Jan 2014, 07:06 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Cullina
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    If this is true, it's Great. It means the rise of the Gu.
    30 Jan 2014, 07:50 PM Reply Like
  • kata
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    Throwing in the towel on the consumer? I don't think you need to do that. But the new head of the company should understand how the pieces fit. How I would love to see a merger.
    30 Jan 2014, 08:42 PM Reply Like
  • Larry Smith
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    Based on what I know, which is not as much as the search committee, I think this is a good choice. I thought he was great during the investor conference, a technology geek, but able to explain it so I understand. As a shareholder I am happy if he is indeed the new CEO and also happy with Amy Hood the new CFO.
    30 Jan 2014, 08:56 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Good choice. Bill's ready to let someone else have the control. Let's get it done!
    30 Jan 2014, 09:06 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    Bill's already been gone for a long time so I think this is a great fit as it clears the way for those more motivated. Sorry but I've grown up with Microsoft but it's clear Bill's heart is jut not in the job anymore and this isn't even considered a part time gig for him.


    I thought an outsider like Mulally would have been a great candidate in order to break old cultural habits.


    But if you do go inside, you have to go with your top performers and visionaries and Nadella clearly fits that role.


    Microsoft has the best shot in the industry at displacing VMWare and Amazon for a complete corporate solution.
    31 Jan 2014, 01:02 AM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    Good choice for them. That company has burned too many bridges on the consumer side of things.In their last report server software sales up 12% Y/Y Microsoft's cloud business showed over 100% sales increases year over year.
    31 Jan 2014, 06:04 AM Reply Like
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