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UW-Milwaukee grad Satya Nadella named Microsoft CEO

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)