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UW-Milwaukee grad Satya Nadella named Microsoft CEO

Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, is seen in this undated Microsoft handout photograph released on February 4, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Microsoft/Handout via Reuters
Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, is seen in this undated Microsoft handout photograph released on February 4, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Microsoft/Handout via Reuters

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - UW-Milwaukee alumnus Satya Nadella was named Tuesday as the next CEO of Microsoft.

He'll succeed the retiring Steve Ballmer, and will be only the third chief executive in Microsoft's 38-year history -- the first being Bill Gates.

Nadella is currently the head of Microsoft's enterprise and cloud computing functions.

Among other things, he converted the Windows Live Search function into Bing -- which 18 percent of Web surfers now use as their search engine. He's also credited with starting Microsoft Office products for small businesses -- and the commerce server Biz Talk.

The first speculation came last November that he would succeed Ballmer.

Nadella was born in India in 1967. He came to UWM as a graduate student, after earning an electrical engineering degree from Manipal University in India. He graduated in 1990 from Milwaukee, and joined Microsoft in '92.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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