Has new Microsoft CEO made the right call on Bill Gates?

The Boardroom

by Joe Curtis| 06 February 2014

Satya Nadella is just the third CEO of Microsoft. Will the founder’s shadow be cast over his reign?

New Microsoft boss Satya Nadella took over from Steve Ballmer this week, but it's not the Michael Jackson fan he has to be worried about.

In these very early days of Nadella's tenure, speculation is mounting over where the former VP of Cloud and Enterprise will take the tech giant in the years to come.

It's been suggested that he'll ditch devices entirely, despite the $7.2bn capture of Nokia last year, to focus on innovating in cloud services.

But it's one of his more immediate decisions that has raised a few eyebrows among observers - his move to give company founder Bill Gates a bigger role.

The ex-chairman faced being booted off the board altogether four months ago, with fellow members fearing he would block change and meddle too much with the direction of his business.

So for Nadella to ask Gates to devote a third of his time to technology and products represents something of a turn around.

CBR canvassed analyst opinion on the move.

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