Satya Nadella answers some personal questions & says "absolutely" when asked if Windows Phone is here to stay

Satya Nadella ABC NewsIn a recent interview with ABC News, Satya Nadella answered some interesting questions about his personal likings and stands firm behind the company’s commitment towards Windows Phone.

When asked about his favorite childhood toy, he reveals his Indian heritage and picks the “cricket bat”. He shows his admiration for the sport when asked about who he would trade places with for a week-end as he chooses the late Australian Cricketer he always admired, Donald Bradman who to Nadella represents excellence.

Nadella is diligent about getting his eight hours of sleep and wakes up at 7am – as being the CEO of one of the largest companies on earth isn’t so forgiving on one who’s not functioning at full capacity. He also reveals that he loves to cook, but doesn’t have much time to cook his favorite dish which happens to be an Indian Hyderabadi Biryani rice dish that takes all day to prepare. This is a good thing for Microsoft.

When it comes to technology related questions,  such as “what he thinks that we rely on, and won’t be around a decade from now” his answer is: the fountain pen.  This is particularly interesting as Microsoft has been clearly pushing with digital inking technology and has done a fantastic job in this department with the Surface Pro line, and most notably with the Surface Pro 3.  We also know that Microsoft still has a plan for a Surface Mini which will be heavily pushed as a note-taking device for business.

The interviewer most likely wasn’t aware that Microsoft has a smart watch/fitness band device as she asked Nadella if Microsoft plans on releasing a smart watch – only to be told about the Microsoft Band and what its purpose is.

She bluntly asks “is the Windows Phones here to stay?” and Satya Nadella answers with an “absolutely” showing no hesitation. Although Windows Phone has a worldwide market share of roughly 3-4%, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, especially with Microsoft’s recent $7 billion acquisition of Nokia’s devices & services division and especially with what they’re doing in bringing together the complete ecosystem of Windows devices in Windows 10.

Satya Nadella seems to be a likable character and certainly has changed the face of Microsoft since his time as the CEO. One takeaway from this interview and others in the past really show a positive and charismatic character who doesn’t cause one to cringe in the anticipation that he’ll say something embarrassing like former CEO Ballmer has done so in the past.  Although Ballmer is certainly the more entertaining of the two.

Check out the interview below:

Source: ABC News

Shareholders urged to vote against Satya Nadella's $90 mil pay package

Some adviser to institutional investors are urging Microsoft shareholders to vote against a hefty pay package CEO Satya Nadella is slotted to receive on his first year at the helm of the Redmond tech giant.

These advisers are warning shareholders the CEO is overpaid compared to other CEOs especially considering that Microsoft has a tough few years ahead. Although Nadella’s pay package is close to $90 million, it’s primarily comprised of restricted stock options that will not vest for the next 5-7 years and he will get closer to $18 to $20 million in cash. Nadella’s pay is in fact closely tied to the company’s long-term performance.

The report also states these adviser recommendations are not in any way legally binding and Nadella is vastly popular amongst the shareholders who are so far quite happy with the organizational changes and the direction Microsoft is heading towards under the leadership of the new CEO. With that being said it’s highly unlikely Nadella’s compensation package will change any time soon.

Have a look at the Yahoo Finance clip for full details.

Source: Yahoo! Finance

Satya Nadella sends an open letter to employees, apologizes for suggesting women shouldn't ask for a raise

bw_satya-nadella-630x420Microsoft CEO is under heavy scrutiny online today as he made some remarks about women not having to ask for a raise but should just “trust the system” when the interviewer asked him what advice he would offer women who are not comfortable asking for pay raises.

Satya was a guest speaker at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Phoenix where he said “it’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.” Microsoft chief officer went on to add “because that’s good karma, it’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust.”

The audience did not particularly like those comments as many in the crowd were aware of the statistic that women were on average paid 78 percent of what equally qualified men received, but some data suggests that gap is much less in the tech sector. The issue highlights the lack of gender diversity in the tech world because Microsoft, like many tech firms, doesn’t have many female employees – only 29 percent of the 100,000 employees are women, to be exact.

Maria Klawe, who is a Microsoft director conducted the interview with the Microsoft CEO, told him flat out she disagreed with him as the crowd cheered.

Satya later tweeted that he was wrong about his statement where he said “Was inarticulate in how women should ask for raise. Our industry must close the gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias #GHC14”

Satya took to Twitter to clarify his statement as he felt that he didn’t chose the best words.

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Later on in the evening, Satya released an open letter to employees titled “RE: Empowering Others” where he goes into further details to explain his stance on the subject. Here is the full letter from the Microsoft CEO to his employees:

All – Today I was interviewed on stage by Maria Klawe at the Grace Hopper Conference – I encourage you to watch the video. It was great to spend time with so many women passionate about technology. I was honored to be a part of it and I left the conference energized and inspired.

Toward the end of the interview, Maria asked me what advice I would offer women who are not comfortable asking for pay raises. I answered that question completely wrong. Without a doubt I wholeheartedly support programs at Microsoft and in the industry that bring more women into technology and close the pay gap. I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work. And when it comes to career advice on getting a raise when you think it’s deserved, Maria’s advice was the right advice. If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.

I said I was looking forward to the Grace Hopper Conference to learn, and I certainly learned a valuable lesson. I look forward to speaking with you at our monthly Q&A next week and am happy to answer any question you have.

Satya

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to visit China amid office raids and anti-trust probe

satya-nadella_sitting_microsoftSatya Nadella is preparing to make his first trip to China in his new role as the tech giant’s CEO in late September according to a recent exclusive report by Reuters. Microsoft has been in some hot water recently with China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China’s anti-trust regulators investigating Microsoft’s business practices in that country, particularly when it comes to Microsoft’s transparency with the Chinese government about the sales figures for software sold in China. According to the SAIC spokesperson, “Microsoft Corp had not been fully transparent with its sales data on the software it distributes in China, including information on sales of its media player and web browser software.”

Earlier this month, Chinese regulators raided Microsoft offices in four cities apparently looking for evidence in their probe against the company. Microsoft is one of many foreign companies in China to be put on the hot seat lately including Qualcomm Inc whose CEO Derek Aberle, “looking to end to the wireless chip giant’s own antitrust scrutiny, met with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) last week” according to the Reuters report.

It is not clear whether Nadella will meet with any Chinese government officials during his trip. A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment on senior executives travel plans. We will keep a close eye on these breaking developments.

Source: Reuters

Microsoft to merge Windows across all device types creating the "holy grail" of app development

satya-nadella_sitting_microsoftSatya Nadella spoke on Microsoft’s quarterly earnings call today and told analysts the company will “streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system.” In explaining what this means, Nadella said “this means one operating system that covers all screen sizes.”

“Now we have one team with a common architecture.”

This is the single most obvious and important thing Microsoft can do with Windows. It will enable developers to create universal apps that will run on all Windows devices, whether that’s Windows PC, tablet, phone, or Xbox One. Developers would write an app once and it will work on all of the Windows devices natively, something that is known as the “holy grail” of app development.

“In the past we had multiple teams working on different versions of Windows. Now we have one team with a common architecture. This allows us to scale, create Universal Windows Apps.”

Microsoft will also unify their app stores, commerce and developer platforms.  This is of massive importance to developers as there are over 1.5 billion people using Windows every day. Windows Threshold is the codename for the next version of Windows and should be available in 2015.

Microsoft to merge Windows across all device types creating the "holy grail" of app development

satya-nadella_sitting_microsoftSatya Nadella spoke on Microsoft’s quarterly earnings call today and told analysts the company will “streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system.” In explaining what this means, Nadella said “this means one operating system that covers all screen sizes.”

“Now we have one team with a common architecture.”

This is the single most obvious and important thing Microsoft can do with Windows. It will enable developers to create universal apps that will run on all Windows devices, whether that’s Windows PC, tablet, phone, or Xbox One. Developers would write an app once and it will work on all of the Windows devices natively, something that is known as the “holy grail” of app development.

“In the past we had multiple teams working on different versions of Windows. Now we have one team with a common architecture. This allows us to scale, create Universal Windows Apps.”

Microsoft will also unify their app stores, commerce and developer platforms.  This is of massive importance to developers as there are over 1.5 billion people using Windows every day. Windows Threshold is the codename for the next version of Windows and should be available in 2015.

Microsoft relentless in their quest to make Windows Phone successful

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In an interview with the Verge today, Satya Nadella talked about the future of Microsoft and where they are heading.  He talked about Microsoft’s core strengths and how their products differentiate from the competition. When it comes to Windows Phone he says “we will keep coming at it and keep coming at it”, making it clear that Microsoft is relentless in making Windows Phone successful. When asked about how Microsoft intends to change the consumers’ mindset about purchasing a Windows Phone, he answered with the following:

We’re going to change it by producing phones — where we grow in countries where we’ve grown from 3 to 10 percent, celebrate that. And then have higher ambition. There are many countries, even in Western Europe, where we have over 10 percent share, and I completely recognize that if you are not growing in the US, for you we are nothing, and I’m grounded in that reality. But at the same time, [we will] keep coming at it and keep coming at it, but have a core which you really are using to differentiate what your value proposition for the user is.

When asked about how Microsoft intends to win in the mobile environment and the difference in market-share between Apple, Google and Microsoft he answered:

The thing is, any current market share is not a marker for our future ambition. So the way I look at it is, you’re pointing to the right challenge. And the solution to that challenge is to say, “First, why would you want to pick one of our devices?

Take Surface Pro 3. I want you to say, “Look, I like this thing, because it’s a tablet that can be a laptop, because I want to be able to listen to my music, I want to snap it to one side and I want to be able to do a Word document on the other side, I want to be able to use it for note-taking, use it for sketching.” I want us to be able to take what we can be good at, define it, brand it, and communicate it in ways that can be appealing to the general user. But it turns out that the user is not just listening to music, not just seeing TV, but also doing things and getting stuff done, and that’s where we can shine.

It is clear by now that Microsoft has been struggling with increasing the market-share of Windows Phone in the US, but has been doing well in many European countries.  Microsoft intends to change that now that they have full control of the hardware, and are about to release Windows Phone 8.1 to consumers.

Microsoft also signed on many hardware manufacturers to build Windows Phones, and some of those include Indian and Chinese OEMs, whose contribution can greatly help increase Windows Phone’s market-share in emerging markets. There have also been leaks of flagship Lumia Windows Phone devices using 3D touch and set to début later this year.  However, the big news is that they will reportedly be released simultaneously on three Major US carriers-Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile – this something that has never happened in the history of Windows Phone and is potentially a massive benefit. Microsoft just recently announced the Universal App model, in which developers can now build an app to work with Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1, this is a massive benefit and will surely surge the development of Windows Apps.

Cortana has been evolving rapidly and has started to create a lot of buzz in the media (especially with her 14-0 World Cup prediction record). Microsoft has big plans for Windows Phone and it they will push with full force to make it succeed.  Microsoft’s cloud services are vital to their future, that’s why their services are available on all platforms, but Windows Phone will always be the best vehicle for getting consumers to the Microsoft Cloud. This will be an exciting new chapter for Windows Phone and Microsoft in mobile, as the cards are finally in place, it’s now time to execute.

Source: The Verge

Microsoft to talk about their plans for Nokia on July 22

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices business has been complete for quite some time now, but there are many questions that need to be answered regarding Microsoft’s newly acquired handset business.  Plans for  licensing of the Nokia brand name, and plans for Nokia Android powered devices, are still largely unclear.  There have also been rumors of rebranding some of their Surface line of devices to “Lumia”.  On July 22nd, Microsoft is set to talk about their plans for Nokia going forward, and we hope that Microsoft will provide more insight to these rumors and answer many questions regarding Nokia’s devices.

“The main thing I’ve been obsessed about is: ‘What is Microsoft’s unique contribution in a mobile first, cloud first world.’ That’s what led to the focus on productivity and platforms.”

Satya Nadella was interviewed by the Seattle Times, and in this interview he is quoted as saying “We’re not in hardware for hardware’s sake, we’re in hardware to be able to express all our platform and productivity software in a way that’s unique.”

There have been recent rumors of Microsoft cutting down its work force, and this morning Satya Nadella also sent a letter to employees emphasising this. When Microsoft acquired Nokia’s handset business, it also acquired many of their employees, and it appears that Microsoft may not be in need of everyone.

This is an interesting time for Microsoft and Windows Phone, as the company is set to take a bold approach in the way Windows Phone and Nokia’s devices will evolve going forward.

Source:  Seattle Times