Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft took the stage for the first time after retiring from the post of CEO at Microsoft. The stage was The Oxford Union Debates, one of the most famous debating chambers in the world. He discussed about his experience at Microsoft starting as a sales manager for a 30 people company with a annual revenue of $30 million. When Steve Ballmer left Microsoft, it was about $80 billion revenue with headcount around 100,000. Also, he talked about companies having one trick pony can be successful, but they need to have the tricks coming in the technology industry to keep thriving. He cited Microsoft and Apple as the two trick pony companies. Microsoft started with Windows as the first trick, and the server business was the second trick. Similarly, Apple did it twice starting with Mac and then now with iPhone and others. He also ...

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In his first interview to external publication after becoming CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella talks about his leadership lessons from his past leaders Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, his management approach, One Microsoft Strategy and more. When asked about his learning from Steve Ballmer, he cited an incident with Ballmer from which he learned, ‘The lesson was that you have to stay grounded, and to be brutally honest with yourself on where you stand.”. Q.And what about Bill Gates? A. Bill is the most analytically rigorous person. He’s always very well prepared, and in the first five seconds of a meeting he’ll find some logical flaw in something I’ve shown him. I’ll wonder, how can it be that I pour in all this energy and still I didn’t see something? In the beginning, I used to say, “I’m really intimidated by him.” But he’s actually quite grounded. You can push ...

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Scott Guthrie, well known among developers for his red polo shirts, has been promoted to EVP of Cloud & Enterprise. This is now CEO Satya Nadella’s old position. eWeek snagged his first interview since his promotion. Scott talks about Windows Azure, how they worked with Dev division for lots of integration, competing with Azure, unique position Microsoft holds in this game and more. Here is an excerpt from it. How does all this added together set you up to compete with AWS? I think we’re in a good place right now. The team is executing in Agile. We did a bunch of mobile service announcements. It’s kind of nice because it is kind of rapid and it has the team on its toes. And the quality bar goes up. The biggest thing for us is with the things like BizTalk and Active Directory, it shows us getting very pointy with a ...

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Satya Nadella was named as the CEO of Microsoft today. As he takes over this prestigious and challenging job, he needs to satisfy lots of expectation from investors, consumers, enterprise, developers and more. He gave a short interview to Steve Clayton at Microsoft about his new job, challenges ahead for Microsoft and how Microsoft is uniquely positioned to take on the competition. From Satya’s mail, What do we do next? To paraphrase a quote from Oscar Wilde — we need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable. This starts with clarity of purpose and sense of mission that will lead us to imagine the impossible and deliver it. We need to prioritize innovation that is centered on our core value of empowering users and organizations to “do more.” We have picked a set of high-value activities as part of our One Microsoft strategy. And with every service and device ...

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