It looks like Satya Nadella is officially in as Microsoft CEO, effective immediately. And it looks like Bill Gates is stepping down as Chairman to take a more modest “Technology Advisor” role. And Microsoft has a new page devoted to the new CEO, including some interesting interviews.
Nadella looks like he’s got a good head on his shoulders, and here’s hoping he takes Microsoft to some exciting new places now that he’s in charge.
In lieu of Lenovo’s recent huge acquisitions, which in addition to Motorola also includes the purchase of IBM’s x86 server business for $2.3 billion, this is a good look back at Lenovo’s rise to become the PC manufacturer to beat. And more I think about it, the more I think that Lenovo may have the strategy, cost-savings and engineering expertise to challenge Samsung as an Android OEM. That is, if they decide to use Android…
This is big news. Microsoft has been making some massive changes over the last several months without a successor to Steve Ballmer in place (like its re-org, purchasing Nokia, etc.), which is more than a little disconcerting, so the sooner they have a CEO nailed down, the better. And Nadella has been heading up one of the most successful units at Microsoft, so perhaps he’s a good candidate for the job. He’s certainly going to have his work cut out for him.
Although Google paid $12.5 billion for Motorola less than two years ago, today it was announced that Lenovo would be purchasing Motorola from Google for just under $3 billion. Although Google sold off Motorola’s cable box division for $2 billion some time ago and still retains its rights to Motorola’s less-than-stellar patents, that still adds up to a $7 billion loss of value in an incredibly short period of time. Ouch.
Going forward, it will be interesting to see if Lenovo can use this purchase to jump-start its entry into a smartphone market that has become a two-horse race:
This great-looking iWatch concept from Todd Hamilton is the first out of many mock-ups I’ve seen that seems like a real product that I’d actually want to use. Not that any shipping product from Cupertino will actually look or work like this, but the amount of polish and thought put into this is impressive.