once again a leader
On 4 February 2014, Microsoft found its new CEO in the cloud – Satya Nadella took the top position, Steve Ballmer retired, and Bill Gates stepped down as chairman. Now, after Microsoft has again become one of the most valuable companies in the world, Nadella now unanimously elected president Microsoft board.
It’s the first time in two decades since Bill Gates originally stepped down as CEO in 2000 that Microsoft’s president will also be its CEO (Gates left the Microsoft board entirely in 2020), and that’s a testament. That’s how confident Nadella is now to lead the company forward. When Gates stepped down as chairman in 2014, the board elected independent chairman John Thompson, who was previously Symantec’s CEO and chairman and who would remain an independent director on the Microsoft board.
We spoke to Nadella in 2018 about how he was transforming Microsoft, and how Windows was not the future of the company, but cloud services. Windows 10 was also conceived as an ongoing service, but PC sales changed in 2020 when Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 and started seeing major growth in 2021. Looks like the company now believes in different editions again: Windows 11 is coming soon.