In a matter of pride to Indians across the world, India born Satya Nadella was rewarded by Microsoft and promoted as Chairman of the company. In its first after almost 2 decades, Microsoft will see the same person juggling the caps of a CEO and Chairman in Satya Nadella. Earlier in 2000, Bill Gates had stepped down as the company’s CEO and was acting as its chairman till 2020.

Background

Born and raised in India, Nadella did his Masters in the US and post his education, worked at Sun Microsystems and joined Microsoft in 1992. Almost 2 decades later, Microsoft promoted Nadella as the CEO of the company. Prior to that, he was handling Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure. Nadella continued on its efforts and re-focused Microsoft and made it the world’s most valuable company. Rewarding the feat, the company promoted him as its Chairman on June 16, 2021.


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Details

On Wednesday this week, tech giant Microsoft named its CEO Satya Nadella as also the chairman of its board. The company rewarded Satya with new powers and now Nadella’s grip on the US-based hardware-software-cloud company, is tighter and larger than ever.

In its announcement, the company announced how Nadella was unanimously selected by the board of directors as the new chairman thanks to, “his deep understanding of the business to elevate the right strategic opportunities and identify key risks.”


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Appointed as CEO at the time of stiff competition

Nadella was handed reins of the company and given the seat of CEO back in 2014 when Steve Ballmer took an exit. The company was facing a stiff competition from the likes of Apple and Google, both of whom have a dominating position in both hardware and software. Since then, Nadella put in blood, sweat and tears to bring Microsoft back to relevancy and today, the company is in a better shape than it ever was.

Microsoft’s new energy, focus on cloud & OS based products & its deeper penetration into the market is credited to Nadella. During his leadership, Nadella reignited the company’s spirit that was already reeling after the massive failure of its mobile phone ventures (Windows Phones) & underwhelming interest into its internet searching platform (Bing).


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Learnings from working in cloud

As Nadella worked in Window’s cloud platform Azure, he knew the future was AI & Cloud. After being appointed the company’s CEO, Nadella resifted the company’s vision and made it work on the Windows OS powered by cloud services. Thanks to its AI software Cortana, Windows OS can compete with the likes of Mac OS (Siri) and Google Chromebook (Google Assistant). It also repackaged the world’s most popularly used productivity suit Microsoft Office which now works on cloud and other operating systems.

With the rise of mobiles and tablets, a windows personal computer was looked as if almost the remains of an era-gone b. However, the silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic was that people had to stay in and they once again appreciated the power a personal computer brings in. The numbers too state the same, according to research firm IDC, shipments of PC grew by 2.7% to 266.7 million devices across the world.


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Making massive organizational shift

Satya is also credited to have made organizational shift at Microsoft and was responsible for cutting down 14% of unnecessary work force. His aim was simple: simplify the corporate structure so that its more modular and integrable.

“One of the things that I think about for any company, including ours, is that you really need to anchor yourself on that sense of purpose and identity, a culture that allows you to express that identity and sense of purpose with changing technology,”

-Nadella told The Verge in an interview.

Satya takes Microsoft closer to $2 trillion market cap

Thanks to his efforts, the company’s market cap stands strong at $1.93 trillion and may cross $2 trillion benchmark in the next few years. The $2 trillion mark may not be as difficult to touch, given the fact that Microsoft is on its way to release the Windows 11 later this month. Currently, Microsoft Windows OS is powering almost 1/3 of the world’s desktops.