Tomahawk, WI 03/19/2014 (Basicsmedia) –At 40, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) remains one of the heavy hitters of the technology world and one of the leading American companies in terms of market capitalization. It employs about 100,000 employees, had net revenue of $77.31 billion for FY2013 ending on June 30, 2013, net income of $22.12 billion, and a market capitalization of over $300 billion.

New CEO To Tackle A Mini-Crisis

The recent change of guard at Microsoft that saw the elevation of Microsoft insider Satya Nadella to the post of CEO comes at a critical juncture for the company. Windows 8 OS sales have been lackluster at best in a declining global PC market. Microsoft Office has competitors including Google Docs, OpenOffice, and LibreOffice. The Surface tablet flopped in the face of better products from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung. Microsoft paid $7 billion to acquire Nokia’s mobile unit. Smartphones such as the Nokia Lumia that use the Windows Phone OS have about 1% market share of global smartphone sales. Microsoft’s search engine Bing has cost the company billions of dollars in research and development and is still losing money.

Can Satya Nadella Reverse Microsoft’s Decline?

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) still enjoys handsome profits from hundreds of millions of copies of Windows 8, MS Office, and its popular XBox 360 game console. Microsoft also makes money selling database products (SQL Server), server operating systems (Windows Server), Visual Studio (for software development for the Microsoft platform), Azure cloud services platform, and so on.

Microsoft has been known to offer free limited feature versions of its products like SQL Server (known as Server Express), Visual Studio (known as Visual Studio Express), and Azure cloud services. Microsoft has now decided to waive the Windows Phone license fee for two Indian OEMs. Reuters reported that Mr. Nadella would unveil an iPad version of its popular Office software suite at an event in late March. In future we might even see free limited feature versions of Windows or Microsoft Office. Investors certainly appear hopeful as the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock is close to the $40 level that it last touched in July 2000.

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