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Clear focus and continuous transformation, Satya Nadella's matra for Microsoft's success
TT Correspondent |  |  10 Mar 2014

Nadella was born in 1967 in Hyderabad. He got his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from the Manipal University, in India. Then he moved to the US in order to continue his education and received his Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Nadella also went for MBA degree from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services, most notably the company’s move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors.

“Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company,” Nadella told Economic Times. “The opportunity ahead for Microsoft is vast, but to seize it, we must focus clearly, move faster and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly”.

Before Nadella became CEO, he was heading Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, working towards developing and running computing programmes, developer tools and cloud services. As the resident “cloud guru” for Microsoft, Nadella helped the company post a 107 percent growth in revenue in its second quarter fiscal results.

When he had become CEO, Nadella had famously said that he tends to buy more books than he can read, sign up for more courses online that he can complete.


The acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business is an important element of Microsoft's mobile strategy. And also accelerate economic growth and breakthrough cloud services in India as well.

Recently, Microsoft sold close to 4 million tablets worldwide in 2013. In comparison, Apple sold 70 million tablets and Google's Android powered 121 million tablets. And also it is a rumored that Microsoft is to be announcing the launch of its new tablet series in India to maintain their dominance in the Indian market.

(This story is based on Nadella's interview to The Economic Times, India's largest Economic daily)

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