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Nadella to head Microsoft; Gates leaves chairman role

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published February 4, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. Updated February 4, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.

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In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, file photo, philanthropist Bill Gates speaks during an interview, in New York. Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, an executive in charge of the company’s small, but growing business of delivering software and services over the Internet, its new CEO. Company founder Gates is also leaving the chairman role for a new role as technology adviser.

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, an executive in charge of the company's small but growing business of delivering software and services over the Internet, its new CEO. Company founder Bill Gates is also leaving the chairman role for a new role as technology adviser.

The software company announced Tuesday that Nadella will replace Steve Ballmer, who said in August that he would leave the company within 12 months. Nadella will become only the third leader in the software giant's 38-year history, after founder Bill Gates and Ballmer. Board member John Thompson will serve as Microsoft's new chairman.

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