One thing we already know about Microsoft’s new chief executive, Satya Nadella: He doesn't do Twitter. At least, not really. The last post on Nadella's Twitter account was in 2010. But Twitter sure does him, as everyone from partners to pundits opined what Nadella would mean for Microsoft.
Nadella, 44, is an Indian-born engineer with degrees in electronics and computer science. He is credited with launching BizTalk, Microsoft’s Commerce Server, and Microsoft’s Office Small Business products. Microsoft’s spin machine has painted him as a man who is both a veteran of Microsoft as well as one who is eager to learn the ropes.
But as early videos (and the photo above) show, he’s also somewhat endearingly awkward, not quite suited to the public persona that the Microsoft CEO position requires. Nadella’s career path has made him a vital data geek, enabling the foundation of the cloud, servers, and tools business that has propped up Microsoft as the company's consumer businesses have struggled.
Tuesday morning, the tech world turned to Twitter to weigh in on Microsoft’s new leader. Nadella won an immediate endorsement from Jack Welch, who clearly favored promoting from within.
Love the Microsoft CEO decision ..someone who knows the business and has watched the moves for years has best chance to WIN— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) February 4, 2014
But others weren’t so sure. The tech industry has had its share of revolving-door CEOs.
Still not sure whether Satya Nadella is @Microsoft’s Pope Francis or Pope Benedict. Anyone have some insights into this?— Wilson Rothman (@wjrothman) February 4, 2014
And others weighed in on a variety of subjects.
News articles say ‘Microsoft confirms Satya Nadella as new CEO’. According to me this is what happened... pic.twitter.com/vbsJfhficm— Ramesh K (@_RameshK) February 4, 2014
Satya is unchangeable. No, literally, that’s what it means in Sanskrit. Also “absolute truth.” http://t.co/3pKjZJQvZB— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) February 4, 2014
CEO photos as not so subtle marketing: Four ways Microsoft wants you to see its new CEO Satya Nadella http://t.co/0VNx7hmAcQ— Christopher Mims (@mims) February 4, 2014
the irony is that the fake satya nadella on twitter has better tweets than the real deal.— dan (@dcseifert) February 4, 2014
Now we’ve collected some of the best of the Web’s tweets about Microsoft’s new CEO. But what’s your take? We don’t need Twitter for that—just your comments below.