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Bill Gates & Steve Ballmer react to Microsoft’s new CEO (videos)

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Nearly everyone has something to say about new Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella, including the company’s past leaders.

Former Microsoft CEOs Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer each cut a short video reacting to Microsoft’s new chief exec today. Both men seem very positive that Microsoft will be in good hands under Nadella, as you can see from the videos embedded below.

“Satya has the right background to lead this company into the next era,” said Gates in reference to Nadella’s previous role as head of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise divisions.

Gates, who is stepping down as chairman, will be taking on a new role at Microsoft as technology adviser. In his video, Gates said he’ll be spending about a third of his time working more closely with the company by giving feedback to various product groups.

Replacing Gates as chairman is John W. Thompson, who also shot a short video reaction to Nadella’s appointment as head honcho.

Check out the videos below and let us know your thoughts on Microsoft’s new CEO in the comment section.

More about the companies and people from this article:

Microsoft Corporation is a public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through ... read more »

Steve Ballmer is CEO of Microsoft, headquartered in Redmond, Wash. He joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the company’s first business manager. Before becoming CEO in 2000, his roles at Microsoft included senior vice president of sales ... read more »

William (Bill) H. Gates was chairman of Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft had revenues of US$55.12 billion for the fi... read more »

Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company. Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly becam... read more »

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