The Microsoft of today is not the Microsoft of yesterday. Embrace, extend, extinguish? That’s all gone, replaced by a new era of openness and collaboration. The Windows 8 debacle? It’s quickly being forgotten thanks to the far more palatable Windows 10.
It’s truly a new era at Microsoft, and the catalyst for the transformation was a singular event: Satya Nadella’s appointment as CEO one year ago today. Sure, not all of the major events that occurred on his watch began on his watch—Windows 10 has been in the works for a while—but it’s nevertheless been a year swelling with sea changes.
It remains to be seen whether the reimagining of Microsoft will pay off. But one thing’s already certain: Nadella’s reign is off to a rocking start.