Steve Ballmer welcomes Satya Nadella as the new CEO of Microsoft

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Microsoft has uploaded a new video featuring former CEO Steve Ballmer speaking about his support for Nadella, and he states that he is open to helping the new CEO “in any way that I can”. He ends the clip by saying, “I love this company, and today couldn’t be a better day.”

Microsoft may have named Satya Nadella as its new CEO today, but that decision also means Steve Ballmer, who joined the company in 1980 and has lead the folks at Redmond since 2000, is now officially no longer working day-to-day at Microsoft after 34 years. Ballmer first announced his plans to retire from Microsoft in August, which triggered a nearly six month search by the company for a new CEO which ended today.

There had been speculation that Ballmer would also give up his seat on Microsoft’s board of directors when he left as CEO but he remains on the board after today’s events. Ballmer still owns nearly four percent of Microsoft and has already stated he does not plan to sell them anytime soon.

Who is Satya Nadella?

Satya Nadella is the former executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, and was responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services.

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