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Microsoft Corporation named Satya Nadella as Microsoft's CEO on Tuesday, replacing Steve Ballmer immediately. Ballmer had announced in August that he was planning to step down within a year. Here's the memo Nadella sent to employees Tuesday:
"Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world. I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place. I knew there was no better company to join if I wanted to make a difference. This is the very same inspiration that continues to drive me today.
"It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve and Bill have taken it from an idea to one of the greatest and most universally admired companies in the world. I've been fortunate to work closely with both Bill and Steve in my different roles at Microsoft, and as I step in as CEO, I've asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products. I'm also looking forward to working with John Thompson as our new Chairman of the Board.
"While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more. Our industry does not respect tradition _ it only respects innovation. This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places _ as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it. Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.
"As we start a new phase of our journey together, I wanted to share some background on myself and what inspires and motivates me.
"Who am I?
"I am 46. I've been married for 22 years and we have 3 kids. And like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences. Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not