Starting a new job is never easy, but when it’s a job leading one of the biggest and most high-profile companies in the world, it must be terrifying. So spare a thought for Satya Nadella, who became the new CEO of Microsoft on Tuesday.
One thing on Nadella’s side is the fact he’s a 22-year veteran of Microsoft, so at least he knows where the loos are and where to get a decent cup of coffee. He’s also been responsible for efforts on some of the firm’s most high-profile products such as Bing, Skype and Office 365.
Nevertheless, Nadella faces many issues as he sits down to draw up his to-do list, and to help him on his way, the V3 team has put together a little top 10 of the areas where we think he should concentrate his energies.
10. Convince governments that Microsoft software is worth the expense
For the past couple of years the UK government has been openly touting its efforts to end reliance on Microsoft products and transition to open source equivalents. In January the UK government confirmed it is looking replace Microsoft Office in the public sector with open source word, presentation and spreadsheet applications.
This could spell disaster for Microsoft as, despite issues with its hardware and mobile division, its applications and services – including its Office portfolio – have been a steady source of a large part of its income.
As a result, if he doesn't want to see one of Microsoft's staple reservoirs dry up, Nadella's going to have to work hard to entice businesses and governments away from open source and back to Microsoft's proprietary software.
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