Now that Satya Nadella has become Microsoft’s new CEO that everyone wants to know, what will he do? Though considered a falling star, Microsoft remains formidable, and Nadella’s actions could turn the company into a comeback kid. Here are ten quotes that hint at the path Nadella will take as Redmond’s head cheese.
"Our industry does not respect tradition – it only respects innovation."
"Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don’t learn."
"Our job is to ensure Microsoft will thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world."
"In the post-Snowden world, you need to enable others to build their own cloud and have mobility of applications. That’s both because of the physicality of computing–where the speed of light still matters–and because of geopolitics."
"Over the next 10 years, we’ll reach a point where nearly everything has become digitized."
"Devices are where experiences come together. On Surface Pro, a lot of the experience is on the device, but all of the applications that run on the device have back ends in the cloud."
"I think playing cricket taught me more about working in teams and leadership that has stayed with me throughout my career."
"You’re trying to take something that can be described in many, many sentences and pages of prose, but you can convert it into a couple lines of poetry and you still get the essence, so it’s that compression. The best code is poetry."
"We will continue to make strides in providing innovation in the realm of connected systems that bridge the unstructured world of human processes with the structured world of business applications."
"I'm also grounded in our challenges, in fact, that’s the adventure […] which creates the competitive zeal in me to do great work."
There’s no doubt that Nadella comes off as a softer, more open individual than either Ballmer or Gates, and that might lead some to fear that he lacks the courage needed to move a company like Microsoft forward. As this quote shows, it’d be a mistake to think that the new CEO has no competitive spirit. He does; but unlike Ballmer, who was driven by sales, Nadella is driven by innovation and conquering technological challenges.
And that may be just what Microsoft needs.