Open Thread: What Are Your Thoughts & Predictions On Satya Nadella?

Satya Nadella is currently trending on twitter and it seems like everyone and their dog has analysis/opinion on him. I’m curious as to what YOU, our readers, think of the board’s decision to name Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s new CEO.  Please comment below.

My thoughts:

Just to briefly share my thoughts, I have mixed feelings on Satya “Nutella” Nadella.  On the one hand, as an Indian myself, I’m extremely proud that an Indian is the CEO of Microsoft.  I have deep respect for his enterprise work, first in e-commerce, creation of bCentral, then head of Business Solutions, and recently work on Windows Azure.

However, I’m concerned that what his pick means for Microsoft as a consumer focused company.  He did do some work on Live Search, but a lot of it was on the backend services.  Does Nadella have a vision for mobile, contextual, wearables, automobiles, home automation and more? It’s a question that is too early to answer right now.

It’s said that Nadella is a low key guy that virtually gets along with everyone.  And considering Nadella is a longtime insider, I think we’ll see the status quo remain the same for at least a year at Microsoft before big changes are made.  I think this means Terry Myerson’s vision for Windows/Windows Phone goes forward for the time being.  I was hoping for a bold unapologetic CEO that was possibly an outsider.  That being said, I think Nadella has a lot of potential and with him being in charge of his own destiny and legacy, in time he may be a great CEO.

Charlie Kindel, who you may recall as a former Windows Phone executive now working at Amazon, correctly predicted Nadella’s ascension to CEO but does not believe he’ll stay there long:

Charlie Kindel Nadella

So what are your thoughts on Satya Nadella? Do you have any predictions on how long he will stay as CEO of Microsoft?  What should Nadella do immediately as CEO of Microsoft? Comment below...

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