Satya Nadella spoke to Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the inaugural Code Conference in San Fransisco about the future of Microsoft and how they intend to reach this future. With Satya Nadella at the throne of Microsoft, public perception has already started to shift to a much more positive one, as Satya Nadella has done a great job communicating what Microsoft is capable of.
He talks about how Microsoft’s core is building platforms and software for productivity, as well as stating that Xbox and Bing are here to stay as they are very important to the overall success of Microsoft. Although Kara Swisher pressed Satya Nadella about Bing’s difference in market-share compared with Google, Satya was sure to mention that the technologies in Bing are so interwoven in Microsoft’s core products, such as Microsoft’s cloud powered OS called Azure, the new Star Trek-like Skype translator, natural language understanding, and in every single other Microsoft product. He specifically says that Bing is much more than just a search engine to Microsoft, it’s a platform that they intend to build on.
For those of you who were worried that the Xbox division will be spun-off, there’s no more need to worry, as Microsoft’s unified vision ensures all of their core products are to be even more integrated with one another. Microsoft has always had many interesting and innovative technologies, but due to organizational divisions being separated from one another, many of these technologies have never been fully realized. As the company has recently unified their strategy, externally and more importantly – internally, we are starting to see major positive changes, and innovative technologies come together like never before.
Microsoft’s Xbox One, and the recently announced Surface Pro 3 are great examples of hardware and software melding together with the best Microsoft has to offer. Microsoft Azure has been tremendously successful and offers some ground-breaking innovations, such as machine-learning and flexibility of the platform. For people watching Microsoft closely, it hard not to feel like Microsoft is on the right track, and that it will take them to great places as they evolve all of their platforms.