But while the experience with products such as Skype and Xbox Live might indicate a consumer focus, there is no iota of doubt that Nadella is a corporate man. However, the problem is he has to understand that the world has moved on from the stereotype model Microsoft often resorts to. Microsofts recent set of financial results for the period ending December 31, 2013 also shows that consumer licensing is on the decline, as fewer individuals choose Windows over alternative options such as Android, iOS and Chrome.
Conversely, Microsoft is showing gains in the hardware side, especially with its popular Xbox One console. The firm sold 7.4 million Xboxes into the retail channel from October to December last year, and overall consumer and device revenue grew by 13% to $11.9 billion.
So Nadella should understand that though software, cloud and mobile are his key focus areas, hardware brands like Nokia devices and Surface tablets cannot be kept aside.
Ranjana Jaiswal is a student of All India Management Association, New Delhi