New York: The Microsoft board reportedly has settled on the leader of the company’s highly profitable enterprise-computing business. Satya Nadella is seen as someone who has the technical chops and deep knowledge of Microsoft’s operations.

Nadella, a Hyderabad native, is a longtime Microsoft executive who leads its initiatives in cloud computing. He is a “popular choice partly because of his oversight of the enterprise software and cloud computing businesses at Microsoft, one of the strongest and fastest growing parts of the company,” the New York Times said in a report.

Nadella has been getting a vote of approval by a number of advocates for change at Microsoft who believe the company’s leader needs to have stronger technical expertise than Ballmer, whose background was in sales.

The company’s former chief financial officer John Connors, now a venture capitalist in the Seattle area, said Nadella would be an “outstanding choice” for chief executive. “I think he’s a strong enough leader and general manager that he’ll do just fine,” Connors said in the report. “The company has a lot of talent and ability to recruit a lot of talent. He’s a guy who could run a multi-portfolio business.”

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