He Has Strong Ties To Steve Ballmer And Bill Gates
"It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve (pictured) 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."