Satya Nadella CEO Microsoft

Satya Nadella secara resmi terpilih sebagai CEO Microsoft yang baru, menggantikan Steve Ballmer. Sementara itu, Bill Gates juga memiliki jabatan baru, yakni founder dan technology advisor (penasehat).

Siapakah Satya Nadella ini? Berikut yang bisa saya kutip dari Wikipedia:

Later, he was made the president of Microsoft’s $19 billion Server and Tools Business and led a transformation of the company’s business and technology culture from client services to cloud infrastructure and services.

He has been credited for bringing Microsoft’s database, Windows Server and developer tools to its Azure cloud. The revenue from Cloud Services grew to $20.3 billion in June 2013 from $16.6 billion when he took over in 2011. Nadella’s 2013 base salary is nearly $6.7 million (plus stock bonuses), which adds up to $7.6 million. Satya Nadella played major role in Microsoft’s transition to the cloud.

Satya mungkin kurang dikenal, wajahnya jarang terpampang di majalah atau situs-situr teknologi. Tapi bukan berarti ia adalah seorang pendatang baru.

Satya adalah orang yang punya track record mengesankan di Microsoft. Satya Nadella adalah pemain kunci yang bertugas menangani hampir semua aspek pada divisi Cloud and Enterprise, sebuah divisi yang dibangun dari dasar yang kemudian telah menjadi salah satu divisi terbesar dan paling menguntungkan di Microsoft. Pada dasarnya, Satya adalah orang yang bertanggung jawab atas teknologi cloud di Microsoft, alias cloud boss.

Gelar insinyur di Electrical & Electronics, master di Computer Science dan Business Administration, plus, ia sudah bekerja selama 22 tahun dengan posisi kepemimpinan membuat Satya adalah orang yang paling cocok untuk menjadi CEO Microsoft.

Nokia telah menguji coba Android di Lumia sebelumnya

The Verge:

Before Nokia bet its smartphone ambitions on Windows Phone, the idea of an Android-powered Nokia device was not so hard to believe. Now, according to a new report from The New York Times, it turns out Nokia engineers did develop Lumia phones that ran Google’s Android operating system. The report, which cites people familiar with the matter, says that Android was running on Nokia smartphones internally “well before” discussions that led to Microsoft’s purchase of the company’s handset division

Ballmer: Hei Elop, suruh beberapa anak buahmu untuk secara diam-diam menjalankan Android di smartphone kita.

Elop: Oke bro. Saya akan perintahkan mereka, dan saya akan “bocorkan” ke kamu kalau Androidnya sudah bisa berjalan dengan baik.

Ballmer: Mantap, Saya akan pastikan kalau para dewan direksi melihatnya biar mereka ketakutan dan berupaya untuk membeli kalian.

Elop: Thanks bro, rencana kita untuk menjatuhkan Nokia dan membelinya dengan harga murah pasti akan sukses! Aaah… tugas ku sebagai trojan di sini hampir selesai. Gak sabar mau pulang ke Microsoft.

Kasihan Nokia, hanya buang-buang waktu dengan Windows Phone selama ini.

Trojan itu bernama Elop

  1. Sebelum menjadi CEO Nokia, Stephen Elop adalah karyawan Microsoft yang menjabat sebagai Kepala Divisi Bisnis mulai sejak Januari 2008 sampai dengan September 2010. Yang bertanggung jawab atas Microsoft Office? Elop orangnya.
  2. Pada September 2010, Microsoft mengirim Elop ke Nokia, menggantikan Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo sebagai CEO.
  3. Pada Februari 2011, beredar memo dari Elop yang berjudul “Burning Platform”, yang pada intinya adalah menghentikan pengembangan Symbian, atau semua yang tidak ada hubungannya dengan Windows Phone untuk fokus ke Microsoft.
  4. Maret 2011, Nokia memberikan Elop bonus sebesar US$6 juta.
  5. Pada tahun 2012, lebih dari 12.000 karyawan Nokia di-PHK.
  6. September 2013, Elop keluar dari Nokia dan pulang ke Microsoft, dengan bonus berlimpah.

Good job!

Microsoft + Nokia

Breaking news; Microsoft mengakuisisi Nokia.

Microsoft:

Microsoft will acquire substantially all of Nokia’s Devices and Services business, including the Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units as well as an industry-leading design team, operations including all Nokia Devices & Services-related production facilities, Devices & Services-related sales and marketing activities, and related support functions.

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“Now We’re All Like Apple”

Michael Mace dari Mobile Opportunity:

The case for licensing seemed obvious because of the success of Windows. Apple had kept MacOS to itself, while Microsoft had licensed Windows. Microsoft won. Therefore licensing was the best way to go.

But then Apple transformed the phone market with the iPhone, and created the tablet mass market from scratch with the iPad. Suddenly the proprietary approach started to look a lot better.

Ten years later, the idea of an independent operating system licensed to all comers is a fading ideal. The two leading operating system licensors in mobile have now bought major hardware companies: Google with Motorola and Microsoft with Nokia. Both companies continue to license their software, of course, but clearly they don’t feel that’s enough. They need to also create hardware.

“We are going to sell like crazy”

Steve Ballmer, mengenai strateginya melawan iPad (Juli 2010):

But you say to me are we going to see slate? Yes. What processor are they going to have? They are going to have an Intel architecture processor at least in any foreseeable future. Are they going to run Windows? Yeah. Will it be tuned? Yes! And we are going to sell like crazy. We are going to market like crazy. We have devices that will run more applications, that have as much content, that have anything you want on the planet.

Ballmer, mengenai hasil penjualan Surface RT (Juli 2013):

“We built a few more devices than we could sell,”

“We’re not selling as many Windows devices as we want to,”

$900 million

Gizmodo Juni 2012:

That weapon is Microsoft Surface. And it is beautiful. Beautiful and functional and simple and honest. Surface just bumped the MacBook Air and the iPad to the back seat, and it did so by hewing tightly to everything that Apple’s Jonny Ive holds dear,

The Verge Juli 2013:

… and while the company posted strong results it also revealed some details on how the Surface RT project is costing the business money. Microsoft’s results showed a $900 million loss due to Surface RT “inventory adjustments,”

Sometimes ads just aren’t enough

The Verge:

Microsoft is planning to cut the price of its Surface RT tablets. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Surface plans have revealed to The Verge that the price cut could occur as early as next week, with each model being cut by $150. Microsoft’s move to cut prices on its Surface RT tablets follow slow sales, and efforts to sell the devices elsewhere at lower rates.

Masih ingat HP TouchPad yang tidak laku, kemudian turun harga hingga $99 lalu menjadi laku keras?