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Microsoft CEO reshuffles pack to reflect mobile-first, cloud-first policy

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has named three executives to lead various integral parts of the company he now heads in order to fulfil his vision for the company’s future as a mobile-first, cloud-first company.

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Like a Prime Minister would do after an election, Nadella has reshuffled his pack to include a team that can make sure the company performs to the highest level possible and the new appointments include Stephen Elop, Scott Guthrie and Phil Spencer.

"As I said on my first day, we need to do everything possible to thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world," Nadella said in an email. "The announcements last week, our news this week, the Nokia acquisition closing soon, and the leaders and teams we are putting in place are all great first steps in making this happen."

Chief among the appointments is Guthrie, who becomes head of the company’s cloud and enterprise group that was once under the auspices of Nadella until he made the move upstairs.

Elop, the former Nokia chief executive and strongly rumoured to be on the shortlist for the Microsoft CEO gig, is the new executive VP of the devices group and will report directly to Nadella.

Lastly, Spencer has been tasked with leading Microsoft’s Xbox operations, reporting to operating systems group chief Terry Myerson and Elop will also play a part in developing Xbox with Spencer.

Nadella’s appointments are part of his grand plan to turn the company into one that focuses on innovation that takes place in as part of a “cloud-first, mobile-first” strategy and his very public proclamations have stated that cloud and mobility should be considered as one entity going forwards.

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His first big release since taking charge, Office for iPad, is geared towards the new strategy and convergence across both the mobile and desktop operating systems are likely to be focused on in the coming months.