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Reboot of a giant: How Satya Nadella succeeded in rebooting Microsoft

2020-10-26T07:50:52.107Z

Unlike tech giants like IBM or Oracle, the software giant has managed to reinvent itself. Since Nadella took office in 2014, Microsoft's stock market value has increased more than fivefold. But now it's getting serious - and the pressure to succeed is enormous.



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New shine

: Only Apple and Saudi Aramco are rated higher than

Satya Nadella's

Microsoft

on the stock exchange

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Photo: Charles Platiau / Reuters

In cooperation with "The Economist".

After the reboot

How Satya Nadella turned Microsoft around

Now for the hard part

When Satya Nadella became the third boss of Microsoft in 2014 one photograph captured the moment.

It shows him flanked by Bill Gates, the co-founder and chairman, and Steve Ballmer, Mr Gates's successor as chief executive.

The two white tech tycoons strike a confident pose in casual dress.

Mr Nadella, an Indian-American, skulks in a suit, smiling awkwardly.

He had a reason for that awkward smile.

The company was in a ditch.

While it hunkered down at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, Apple invented the iPhone, and Google and Facebook rose from Silicon Valley.

Its share price barely budged for years.

When he took over, says Mr Nadella, outsiders questioned if Microsoft will "make it to the other side".

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Transfer of power in 2014

: Satya Nadella is the third

Microsoft CEO

, next to him Bill Gates (left, number one) and Steve Ballmer (right, number two).

Photo: REUTERS / Microsoft

It did — with aplomb.

Mr Nadella dethroned the Windows operating system as its core product.

He brought Microsoft's software and services to other operating systems, including "open source" Linux, as well as Google's and Apple's. Most important, he put Microsoft's cloud-computing arm, Azure, launched in 2010, at the heart of the business. The result has been double-digit revenue growth and a market capitalization of $ 1.6trn. Only Apple and Saudi Aramco, an oil colossus, are more valuable.

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Source: spiegel

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