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Long rumored, Satya Nadella’s appointment as Microsoft‘s new CEO is now official. Credited with the growth of Microsoft Business Services – whose revenue has increased from $1.5 billion USD to over $5 billion USD in just five year’s time – and leading the company in the direction of cloud services with a focus on products like the Xbox, Microsoft Office and Bing, Nadella now leaves his position of Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise for both CEO and a role on the Board of Directors – a move that’s expected to coincide with increased involvement from founder Bill Gates. In looking forward, Nadella stated in an internal email to Microsoft employees:
I believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize — many of the things we do and experience in business, life and our world. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning.
Nadella replaces retiring CEO Steve Ballmer.