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Microsoft CEO Search: 3 Things Satya Nadella Brings
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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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1/31/2014 | 11:00:10 AM
MS Insider Vs. Outsider
Nadella is a Microsoft insider, which is causing some debate on Twitter -- but an insider can be a benefit with regard to speed. His Azure history knowledge matters too. Feel free to disagree with me.
melgross
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1/31/2014 | 12:17:44 PM
Secondary choice, or tertiary choice?
The problem is that no major candidate wanted the position. Well, who then? I don't think anyone at Microsoft will be a good choice. I don' t agree that their CEO needs technical chops. That's what they thought at IBM too, but Gerstner proved that false.
Michael Endler
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1/31/2014 | 12:50:33 PM
Re: Secondary choice, or tertiary choice?
Given that Mulally and other perceived candidates became such spectacles during the search process, I think Nadella (or whoever) will face this question, at least at first. He'll already have a tough job, and it'll only be tougher if there's a chorus of "What if it had been Mulally?" or "If Nadella was a back-up choice, does he have the backing of the board?" commentaries. Still, Nadella's teams have executed well, and they've been quicker than others at Microsoft to embrace new revenue models and strategies. And investors seem pleased so far with the rumor (not that their approval is evidence of a good decision). I obviously lack the perspective of a Microsoft board member, but among the internal candidates whose names have been mentioned in reports, Nadella strikes me as the best choice.
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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1/31/2014 | 12:54:06 PM
Nadella represents Microsoft's strengths
Nadella is an insider, yes, but he also represents the strenghts of Microsoft beneath its flailing pursuit- of-consumers surface. Microsoft is a very strong systems company in both the enterprise data center  and the cloud. Nadella doesn't flinch from that. And he's fearless.
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Canamjay,
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1/31/2014 | 1:01:09 PM
new CEO for MSFT?
Well, he's certainly a snappy dresser!! I do remember him vaguely from Sun I think.. he worked on the emerging big server products when the net was starting to build out. Not very chatty.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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1/31/2014 | 1:36:30 PM
Re: MS Insider Vs. Outsider
I think the consensus is that Nadella is a solid but conservative choice. I don't think Microsoft has the gumption to tap an outsider. Nadella has been with Microsoft since the early '90s so he's the last thing from an outsider. If Nadella gets the call that signals to me it will be business as usual: hard-charging on enterprise tools and cloud, but still directionless on consumer because he has no consumer leadership experience. Then again, I've heard about Nadella's charm and likeability so maybe he'll have better relationships with the consumer side of the business and be the uniter that Ballmer never was.

 
Lorna Garey
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1/31/2014 | 2:32:31 PM
Re: Nadella represents Microsoft's strengths
Exactly - Bezos should worry. Expect Azure to go after AWS with guns blazing this year. MS has the cash and enterprise cred to do it.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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1/31/2014 | 3:24:36 PM
Re: Secondary choice, or tertiary choice?
No disrespect to Gerstner, but he also benefitted from great timing, getting in on the services wave. Will Nadella have that same kind of chance? He faces a harder road than Gerstner did, IMHO.
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1/31/2014 | 4:07:23 PM
Re: MS Insider Vs. Outsider
Why is choosing an insider a sign of weakness? If a CEO is a decade in the job and hasn't groomed any successor candidates, that's a failure. 
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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1/31/2014 | 4:21:37 PM
Re: MS Insider Vs. Outsider
That's a criticism I used to hear about Ballmer: That he would actually repress efforts to groom his successor.  Probably paranoid.
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