Microsoft remains profitable despite the decline of the PC market that was once its foundation, but its outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer failed to take advantage of the rise of mobile and cloud technologies since 2000, which is a mistake Nadella must not repeat. Recognizing this danger in a letter to Microsoft employees Nadella said “our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation.”
Microsoft also announced that its founder Bill Gates will serve as a technology adviser.
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“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” Gates said in a release. “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.”
Nadella’s first big public chance to show a new, more innovative Microsoft is coming in April during the company’s Build developers conference.