Microsoft hasn't had the best reputation as of late. It's generally viewed as outdated and clunky compared to hipper competitors like Apple. But, Microsoft is staging a comeback thanks to the leadership and vision of CEO Satya Nadella.
Since Nadella took the reins, Microsoft shares are up over 30%, 10 points ahead of the S&P. In comparison, Microsoft’s stock dropped nearly 12% during [former CEO Steve] Ballmer’s tenure and underperformed the market.
Since he took over, Nadella has invigorated Microsoft by giving the company clear direction. That has resulted in the death of the antiquated Internet Explorer browser and resulted in the creation of highly-anticipated products like Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. Nadella also directed the company to focus on cloud-based services, and that's paying off big time.