Earlier today, Microsoft finally announced Satya Nadella as its new CEO and with it brought to an end a long drawn saga, which had kick started when former CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement. In these seven-odd months, the search has seen many ups and downs and twists and turns. At one point, as many as seventeen people were considered for the top job, but slowly they all withered out and finally the job went to the insider who once head the company s cloud and enterprise division. Also Read - Best laptops to buy under Rs 45,000 in October 2021: Dell Inspiron 3515, Acer Aspire 5, moreAlso Read - Microsoft releases fix for AMD CPU performance issue with new Windows 11 update
Ballmer s announcement took many by surprise, and immediately the guessing games began about who was going to succeed him. Names like Ford s Alan Mulally and Microsoft s own Tony Bates and Satya Nadella were thrown into the mix. Very soon Microsoft also announced the acquisition of Nokia s handset business and with that the former s Stephen Elop was also added to the shortlist. The drama though was only beginning and in between Ballmer s tearful farewell to his employees, conspiracy theorists grabbed the headlines by claiming that the former CEO was pushed to retire early and that top investors wanted Bill Gates to step down from being the Chairman of the board. Also Read - Android apps now available on Windows 11, but only for beta testers
Speculations though would not stop and at one point reports claimed that Elop was the front runner and when the acquisition was complete, he would earn a cool $25.5 million package. But just like that the tides turned against Elop and suddenly he was said to face opposition from inside Microsoft. The latest twist had Elop down in the rankings and Ford s Mulally on top and was believed to be the next choice, but in January he decided to end all speculations when he publicly denied that he was leaving Ford.
The twists and turns continued as new names like Qualcomm s COO Steve Mollenkopf were associated with the top job. But that too didn t pan out and suddenly it seemed like Microsoft was having trouble looking for suitable candidates. Experts claimed that one of the reasons why candidates weren t lining up at the doors was because they feared the constant presence of the likes of Ballmer, who will remain to be Microsoft’s largest individual shareholder and Gates over their shoulders.
Finally at the turn of the year, there was a slight change in the winds as the murmurs emanating out of the Redmond-based company claimed that the new CEO would be an insider. Between Tony Bates and Satya Nadella, the obvious choice seemed to be the latter.
Now that the saga has finally come to an end, Nadella s immediate jobs would be to see a smooth integration of Nokia into Microsoft and continue the company s shift towards being a more software and devices company. His way of handling people and making warring factions work together will also come to use as the company fulfils Ballmer s dream project of One Microsoft where all the businesses and products are merged behind a single brand and a single vision.