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Satya Nadella toes the Ballmer line in first public comments as CEO

Juan Carlos Perez | Feb. 5, 2014
In his first public comments as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella spoke in a way that very closely resembled his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. Whether that's a good first sign or a bad one depends, of course, on whether one believes that Microsoft is generally on the right track or that it needs instead to be shaken up.

Now that he's been given the keys to the Microsoft car, it's up to Nadella to prove that he can drive it faster than Ballmer, and down some new roads.

He'll have a part-time co-pilot in co-founder Bill Gates, who is stepping down as board chairman to take on a role as technology advisor. In a video released Tuesday, Gates said he will devote one-third of his work time to Microsoft, more than he has been devoting to the company in recent years.

For now, there are some areas that clearly will require close attention from Nadella, including Windows 8, which needs further refinement; the Surface tablet, still a work in progress; the upcoming integration of Nokia's smartphone business; and the nagging displeasure of longtime investors peeved at the company's stagnant stock price.

 

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