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Microsoft’s Gates and Nadella speak about CEO announcement

by Jason Gumpert

Microsoft's founder and first CEO, Bill Gates, and its new CEO, Satya Nadella, have now made statements on today's news.

Gates took to YouTube to talk about Satya's ability to lead the company and his plans to "substantially increase" his time commitment to the company.

Nadella's email to employees is out now as well. In it, he reflects on his 22 years with the company and explains that he has asked Gates to "devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products." He also talks about the kind of vision that won him the job - a vision that looks well beyond Microsoft's PC and Windows roots and into a decade of computing that "will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient."

The full email is below. And for a look at some much earlier writings from Nadella, go back to the archives and read some of his blog posts from his time leading Microsoft Dynamics up through 2007 (hat tip: Jukka Niiranen).


From: Satya Nadella

To: All Employees

Date: Feb. 4, 2014

Subject: RE: Satya Nadella - Microsoft's New CEO

Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because ...

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Prior to co-founding, Jason was a Principal Software Consultant at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he implemented solutions, trained customers, managed software development, and spent some time in the pre-sales engineering organization. He has also held consulting positions at CSC Consulting and Monitor Group.

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