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Microsoft CEO speaks
It’s almost fitting that Microsoft’s new CEO made one of his first public interviews as CEO of Microsoft at Re/code’s first ever Code Conference – and while there wasn’t exactly much talked about that we didn’t already know, Nadella did have a few nuggets of good information sprinkled about his interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
First, the CEO finally tackled head on the rumors that the company is planning on selling or spinning off their Xbox gaming business. The news is, of course, good – at least as far as those who work in the Xbox division are concerned. “I have no intent to do anything different with Xbox than we are doing today,” Nadella said, pointing out that in order to create software – the company’s “most malleable resource” – hardware such as the Xbox plays an important role.
Nadella also took the opportunity to introduce a brand new bit of functionality coming soon to the company’s Skype clients, a new feature called “Skype Translator” that is capable of translating foreign language in what appears to be essentially real time. The way it works is almost as impressive as the concept – the other person’s spoken word is translated as subtitles at the bottom of the window as they speak them, as seen in the video after the break.
Skype Translator will reportedly be entering beta for Windows 8 users later this year, with a broader release planned sometime after that. While the initial release will focus on bringing Skype Translate to the Windows 8 client, other versions of the application – including OS X, Windows 7, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone – will also be getting to join in on the fun.
The times, they are a'changing
At long last, the search is over – Microsoft has finally confirmed that Satya Nadella, former head of Microsoft’s own cloud and enterprise division, has been named as CEO of Microsoft, replacing outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer effective immediately. Nadella has been known in recent days as one of the leading candidates for the position, alongside former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, and a long line of other candidates.
Microsoft hopes that Nadella will invigorate fresh life into the technology giant, which has been hit with a string of big budget failures under the command of Ballmer over the last decade, as well as Windows 7 – the company’s highly successful and best selling operating system. Reports indicate that Microsoft likely ousted Ballmer as CEO after the company lost confidence in his ability to leave – many signs indicate that Ballmer was not planning on leaving before the retirement announcement was made those couple of months ago.
On top of the news that Satya Nadella has been named CEO of Microsoft, the company has also announced that Bill Gates has stepped down in his role as Chairman of the Board at Microsoft, and has instead signed on in a new position as Technology Adviser to the CEO. Bill Gates says his time at Microsoft will increase to make up about 1/3 of his time, reducing the role of his Philanthropic efforts to focus on bringing the company he founded to health.