Eight things CEO Nadella needs to do to jump-start Microsoft

Roger Cheng
by   February 5, 2014 4:05 AM PST

For Microsoft, new CEO Satya Nadella represents the first opportunity for a fresh start in nearly a decade and a half.

It’s hard to knock a company that last quarter generated $24.5 billion in revenue, but Nadella takes the reins at a time when there are increasing questions about Microsoft’s direction and future source of growth.

Let’s face it: Microsoft has been in a rut. The reception to Windows 8 has been lukewarm at best and has failed to reinvigorate PC sales at a time when consumers are keener to spend their limited dollars on phones and tablets. Windows Phone, meanwhile, has slowly made progress in the mobile world, but remains a speck relative to larger Google and Apple.

Which is where Nadella comes in. CNET’s writers and editors brainstormed some ideas that would reinvigorate Microsoft. Here are eight:

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