Who is Microsoft’s Satya Nadella?

No. We’re not here to discuss Satya Nadella’s roots or educational background, but to at least have some kind of idea on what kind of leadership he could bring to Microsoft.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

As we all know, just a couple of days ago, Nadella was named as the software giant’s new Chief Executive. Did it surprise you? Well, many believes it was a safe choice – being personable and well-liked at Microsoft and even within the industry. But is being well-liked enough to propel the struggling company back into the thick of things? Ah, maybe if you’re in Facebook or an entertainer, you’d win friends and fans that could eventually help you in business – but especially if you’re trying to make a turn-around then being well-liked could just help hold the heat for a while, hopefully, until whatever strategy you have could save you from being burnt.

Nadella has been with Microsoft for the past 22 years, and as cloud and enterprise division head, he has done well in steering it to corporate prominence. Though, among others, he has been overseeing the company’s server software as well as cloud products like Office 365 not to mention Skype and Xbox Live…

…as always the question on how effective a leader would be depends on how far he could predict the future. Obviously, that’s where you would base your strategies and counter moves. Does he have it? What’s “his” processor, anyway?

Bill Gates believes he is the right choice. But since Steve Ballmer didn’t fare well when Gates was even Chairman should raise some doubts on his commendation of Satya Nadella. More so, it’s like Nadella just returned the favor by keeping Gates as his adviser.

No. This is not to say that neither of them is capable. In fact, Gates himself could have been a good and better choice. As in everybody.. though they have their strengths, they also have their weaknesses which may not do good to Microsoft if they fail to develop it, or at least keep it in check. Bet most people only knows the obvious.

What’s your take?