New faces, new appearances. Microsoft is all set to hold its regular quarterly financial call with analysts later in the day. Mark your mobiles for Thursday afternoon 5:30 PM Eastern or 2:30 PM Pacific Time.

The event, although always interesting, will be even more so this time around.

And that is because, the new Redmond CEO will be making an appearance alongside the usual suspects. Yes, Satya Nadella will be there, in person, alongside his chief financial officer Amy Hood. A bit of an unexpected move for Microsoft? You bet.

When Steve Ballmer was in charge, he rarely attended events like these, and instead let his financial officers take the lead and field questions. So this is quite a departure from the norm.

But it does go on to show that Nadella is going to these events to gauge how Microsoft staff is handling things. What remains to be seen is whether he makes it a regularity, or if this is just a solitary appearance and he will pick and choose such appearances in the future.

The financial conference call is set to be held some 90 minutes or so after Microsoft reveals its results for the January to March calendar quarter — the company’s third fiscal quarter of 2014.

Hit up the official page here, full details should be out later in the day.

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  1. Big appearance for Nadella. This is a big move for his image going forward in my opinion.

  2. Bill Franklin / April 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm /Reply

    He’s not Ballmer. I think that’s clear now, and I also think that’s what he’s trying to make clear. Smart move business and PR wise.

  3. I like this move from Nadella. Quick question: will this be available to the public live? If it is, I will definitely be listening in.

  4. I believe this will be public, Randy. If that is the case, it’ll be a really nice way for fans and consumers to know the CEO a little more. A nice move to gain some public support I think.

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