Satya Nadella was in Paris yesterday talking to Om Malik at Loïc and Geraldine Le Meur’s LeWeb’13 Conference in Paris, France. Om Malik is a fairly well known anti-Microsoft blogger, but I thought his questions were relatively fair. That being said, I did not find the talk super interesting and it mostly focused on Nadella’s area of expertise, the enterprise & the cloud. But, this is a rare public talk by Satya, potentially Microsoft’s next CEO, sharing some of his thoughts on the future.
My favorite statements by Nutella:
“This business does not respect tradition, it respects you if you are innovating for the future”
“Businesses and users will only use technology if they can trust it. It is the responsibility of governments to restore this trust. [...]The surveillance systems need to be reformed. [...] Respect individual privacy [...]” (on the NSA)
The theme of Le Web was the next 10 years, Nadella posted some his own thoughts on the Microsoft Blog:
Over the next 10 years we will reach a point where nearly everything will become digitized. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data and intelligence from machine learning. Developers, with access to these technologies and simplified development frameworks, will create new applications and services that help us transform what we do at work, and life, into digital equivalents.
Historically, there’s been a lot of attention focused on the digitization happening in Silicon Valley, but what’s even more interesting to me is what’s happening around the world. In every corner of the globe, new innovations are bringing this digitization of everything one step closer, and that’s incredibly important as this transformation should be — it must be — a global phenomenon for it to reflect the needs of our distributed and diverse world.
I’ve been hearing the CEO position is down to Elop & Nadella, I’ll have more on this soon.