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Nadella as Microsoft CEO
Last month, Satya Nadella was appointed CEO of Microsoft. While I was personally rooting for Stephen Elop initially, I have been pleasantly surprised with Nadella's professionalism, competence, and vision as CEO.
Coming from a background in cloud computing, I think Nadella is the perfect forward-thinking visionary Microsoft needs, and the logical choice to succeed Ballmer. I am also glad Elop is working with hardware and devices in Microsoft.
"[Many companies] aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.” - Satya Nadella
You can read more about him here.
Microsoft's "one experience for everything in your life" theme is really taking off now, and I see a bright future ahead of them as long as they can clearly articulate their vision to consumers and business partners. As Windows 8 matures and people become more familiar with the OS, I think Metro/Modern UI will finally become widely recognized as a compelling digital experience.
I think people already understand the power of Metro on Windows Phone, but because Windows has such a legacy, people are resistant to the seemingly drastic change (just ask an average user of Facebook every time an update is rolled out: people generally don't like change). In time, however, people will see the power of Metro's simplicity and delivery of content over chrome, and adopt to the change.
Is Windows 8 really that different?
Final thought: many people unfamiliar with Metro UI are scared to upgrade from a previous version of Windows to Windows 8 because of one thing: the Start Screen. Despite this widespread fear, I believe that if each of those people would actually try using it, they would find that in fact Windows 8 isn't entirely different from Windows 7. Really, the Start Screen is just a larger, differently-formatted Start Menu from Windows 7. You can still type + enter to open apps, there are options to open applications, system settings, and user profiles. Its just that its aesthetics have been overhauled.
Below is a quick guide I made for "Windows 8 beginners" released several months after the operating system's public release. Since the date of this video, Windows 8 has had several updates, including Windows 8.1, and the upcoming Windows 8.1.1 (which will likely be revealed at Build).
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