Microsoft Chairman: CEO Satya Nadella still working on company's new long-term strategy

Microsoft promoted its former cloud division leader Satya Nadella as its new chief executive officer nearly four months ago, and the head of the CEO selection committee, John Thompson, was also named as its new Chairman of its board of directors at the same time. In a new interview, Thompson said that Nadella is still working on a new long-term strategy for Microsoft.

In a chat with the Wall Street Journal, Thompson said: 

Satya is still defining and tuning what he wants the ultimate strategy of the company to be, and over the course of the next three to six months, that will clearly become more visible to the marketplace at large.

That would seem to hint that Nadella could be making some big announcements and decisions for Microsoft sometime between August and November.  Exactly what those decisions will be like is still something of a mystery.

Thompson also claims that the overall atmosphere at Microsoft among its workforce is much different under Nadella than it was even a year ago. He said, "The employee base in Microsoft, particularly the tens of thousands of engineers we have, are ecstatic that we have someone with Satya’s background leading and guiding and managing our company."

Microsoft also announced that co-founder Bill Gates will be a technology advisor for Nadella going forward, but Thompson hinted in his interview that Gates doesn't appear to be trying to oversee Nadella's leadership, saying, "Bill is as involved as Satya wants him to be." Gates seemed to imply as much recently, saying he'd support the hypothetical spinning off of Microsoft's Xbox division if Nadella proposed it.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Microsoft

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Now that Apple's has gone stale, I wonder what he will base it on next? Is there a 'next big thing'?

We can only hope that he'll remember the content creation aspect of the business community, i.e., laptops and desktops with full-sizes usable keyboards. A much better balance is needed, since going way overboard pandering to the content consumption aspect of fickle consumers and certain business community users. Hint: a UI specifically designed for these two widely divergent needs and requirements. Windows-9??

Haha. What do you think he might do? anything at this point is just a rumor. Wouldn't get too excited about it.

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Microsoft needs to continue to press forward. Dropping kinect was a bad idea. They should have taken a larger loss and provided kinect with the console. It is unique, imaginative, and technologically impressive. Now the Xbox One is just another console, be it priced more competitively.

Windows needs to continue to evolve. We need app store apps that can be windowed NOW. This will ease the transition for many desktop users, and allow developers to take advantage of the store system. Maybe someday we can have a vast library full of DPI aware apps (HUGE advantage for the windows store, it comes almost automatically).

I think they are heading in the right direction. They need to be aggressive, need to be fast, need to provide vision and stick with it.

While the tech and the concept of Kinect is awesome, the truth is there isn't much to do with it on Xbox One. Sure you can use voice commands to navigate, but there are what, two games that require it? They unbundled it because there simply isn't enough content to utilize it. Also, I think issues with localization played a part, as they can now release Kinect-less X1's into territories where they are behind in. Lastly, I imagine MS will soon allow devs to use that 10% of resources dedicated to Kinect as now every system won't require it. This should help bridge the gap with the raw performance differences with PS4 (as well as DX12).

Stryker297 said,
While the tech and the concept of Kinect is awesome, the truth is there isn't much to do with it on Xbox One. Sure you can use voice commands to navigate, but there are what, two games that require it? They unbundled it because there simply isn't enough content to utilize it. Also, I think issues with localization played a part, as they can now release Kinect-less X1's into territories where they are behind in. Lastly, I imagine MS will soon allow devs to use that 10% of resources dedicated to Kinect as now every system won't require it. This should help bridge the gap with the raw performance differences with PS4 (as well as DX12).

I think some of Microsoft justification was indeed to reach those territories that they had not released in, perhaps they made the decision that the voice capabilities were going to take longer then they expected, now they can make the voice capabilities in those areas even better without being on a time crunch.

As for taking a larger loss, Microsoft isn't going to attempt to become a loss leader, it has hurt them in the pass for short gains. They are an established player they just need to play at their best, they don't need to play risky ball, and go for the 4th down conversions.

Nintendo on the other hand....They are 8 and 15 on 3rd down

Reading reviews of the Surface Pro 3, I'm convinced most of the media are Mac loving dimwits. Ignoring the rest of Microsoft's strategy, they need to convince these fools about the value of that device and it's paradigm. I used the TC1000 and TC1100 tablet PCs all though college, and I knew then that pen-tablets are the future of personal computing. The Surface Pro 3 is the ultimate evolution of the Tablet PC - which failed to gain much popularity. Like the very old generation of tablets I refer to, there's a danger that the idiots of the world will not be able to adapt to using this device. Therefore, I feel Microsoft needs to be sure they educate the media and the public about the model for personal computing that the Surface Pro 3 enables.

a1ien said,
Reading reviews of the Surface Pro 3, I'm convinced most of the media are Mac loving dimwits. Ignoring the rest of Microsoft's strategy, they need to convince these fools about the value of that device and it's paradigm. I used the TC1000 and TC1100 tablet PCs all though college, and I knew then that pen-tablets are the future of personal computing. The Surface Pro 3 is the ultimate evolution of the Tablet PC - which failed to gain much popularity. Like the very old generation of tablets I refer to, there's a danger that the idiots of the world will not be able to adapt to using this device. Therefore, I feel Microsoft needs to be sure they educate the media and the public about the model for personal computing that the Surface Pro 3 enables.

Yes, anyone who doesn't like a surface is an idiot!


/s

Kalint said,
Ugh yeah, Xbox went full retard with this console. He should also throw Bing under the bus too.

I still can't feel any love for Bing personally, but I think it might be too far integrated into too many products to make it easy to abandon now so I think Microsoft are going to have to keep it.

Chicane-UK said,

I still can't feel any love for Bing personally, but I think it might be too far integrated into too many products to make it easy to abandon now so I think Microsoft are going to have to keep it.

Personally I, overall, like Bing; sometimes it retrieves what I need, sometimes, especially abroad, does not by I do not think MS should ditch it. Xbox... I do not know: I have not used a console to play games since the 80s.

Kalint said,
Ugh yeah, Xbox went full retard with this console. He should also throw Bing under the bus too.

There is no chance the are going to get rid of Bing.
Bing might not be doing great with the public but they data they index and correlate for it is used internally by MS too. Sure they'd love to have more public users than they do but even if they had ZERO users from the outside they'd still want to have bing for the data it provides them.

Kalint said,
Ugh yeah, Xbox went full retard with this console. He should also throw Bing under the bus too.

PR wise , yea. The console itself is pretty epic. And it's getting even netter with Spencer now leading it. And Bing is way too important for too many products to just toss it. It's also my main search engine and it works pretty good.

Kalint said,
He should also throw Bing under the bus too.

Ditching Bing would also mean immediately handing competitors a huge swath of advertising revenue. I don't think any competitive company likes the idea of that. At least I wouldn't.

Lets see,

Bing has pissed $5 billion into the wind and Microsoft claims that Xbox One is profitable from launch but they're not confirming anything. So... you know... awwwwwkward

Chicane-UK said,

Me and many other people I suspect.


that's like saying you and many other people don't use Yahoo, AOL or AskJeeves so they should be killed. There are people that DO use them.

scorp508 said,

Ditching Bing would also mean immediately handing competitors a huge swath of advertising revenue. I don't think any competitive company likes the idea of that. At least I wouldn't.


exactly, so is giving up xbox business. XB1 had a bad launch but already is in a nice track

scorp508 said,

Ditching Bing would also mean immediately handing competitors a huge swath of advertising revenue. I don't think any competitive company likes the idea of that. At least I wouldn't.

So what? Not everything has to be a billion++ business.

Kalint said,
Lets see,

Bing has pissed $5 billion into the wind and Microsoft claims that Xbox One is profitable from launch but they're not confirming anything. So... you know... awwwwwkward

Unless you are an investor, it doesn't matter....

elenarie said,

So what? Not everything has to be a billion++ business.

I think the investors of its $331.99B in market capital would mind. One of the greatest things about MSFT in my humble opinion (full disclosure, I'm employed there) is the diversity of the businesses. While some are more profitable than others it is nice to be diverse so the company adapts and thrives under different economy statuses and market needs.

Kalint said,

Right. 5 Billion. WHATEVER!

They used it everywhere where they do machine learning, AI, indexing, and similar things. I'd argue that you could just split the cost based on usage across departments, and then the minus will disappear.

Kalint said,

Right. 5 Billion. WHATEVER!


Once again, unless you have invested in Microsoft, they don't owe you confirmation.
The numbers you complain about are for investors. All I care about is support of the items/services I paid for.

All I care about is the service(s) I'm getting for: W8, Lumia 521, Xbox (360 & One), Live Gold, Xbox Music/Video, that I am paying for. And paid for

Chicane-UK said,
I still can't feel any love for Bing personally, but I think it might be too far integrated into too many products to make it easy to abandon now so I think Microsoft are going to have to keep it.

I agree; I don't think they can drop it. I've tried to go all Microsoft in certain aspects of my business life, but trying to stay with Bing for 1-2 months (utilizing their Bing Rewards too) did nothing but frustrate me to the point of not even keeping it in my bookmarks.

Sucks too because I'm definitely not a fan of Google, but I have to use what works. Bing just doesn't. :/