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Microsoft CEO Nadella: We're Building Systems Of Intelligence
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3/16/2015 | 10:24:58 PM
Re: Microsoft CEO Nadella: We're Building Systems Of Intelligence
While Mr. Nadella's statement do ring a bit generic conference hype-talk, there is definitely a legitimate grain of truth in there about how the technologies we use every day should impact the way we work, as well as the ways in which they shouldn't. There seems to be some subtle acknowledgement in there from Microsoft about mistakes that were made during the Windows 8 period. 'User Friendly' doesn't always mean simpler (vis-a-vis Windows 8 charms) - it means being amenable to the way the person using the device wants to use it. Savvy users were extremely unhappy with how hard they had to work to get Windows 8 to just behave like a normal operating system, but I've heard that Windows 10 offers more flexibility in setting your defaults and even embraces some linux-like methods for development and administration via command line. Sounds good to me!

The idea that Microsoft would embrace this mentality across all it's products and services is certainly a cheering one. They've been crowing about interoperability since before I knew what that word meant, so I'll let the final product speak for itself, but it sounds promising. The possibility that a social tool like Office Delve would also exemplify this 'work how you want' style (instead of pushing seldom-used features) and integrate seamlessly with other microsoft devices and software that are also doing it (well) does paint a nice picture of the workplace of tomorrow that Microsoft would be happy to have littered with Microsoft products... but, as Curt says, it's smart of them to accept that even that won't involve them gaining back all the space they've lost in the mobile and others markets and promise interoperability with others' products. Maybe everyone deserves a second (tenth?) chance.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
3/16/2015 | 9:49:39 PM
Finally, a little clarity
"We are  not in the device business. We are in the empowerment business," says Satya Nadella. That's the first statement of clarity I've heard out of Microsoft on its foray into devices. I've always thought it's a software company first, and it was likely to constantly be on thin ice with device design.
Curt Franklin
Curt Franklin,
User Rank: Strategist
3/16/2015 | 6:26:36 PM
The Empowerment Business
It's interesting reading your write-up of Nadella's comments: I'm at Enterprise Connect in Orlando this week and I'm hearing very similar things from both Microsoft executives and executives from other companies. It's amazing how many comments start with, "You know, Microsoft has new leadership..." and go on to mention cooperation and partnerships that were deemed unthinkable not long ago. It does seem like Microsoft is serious about helping build systems that empower people -- whether those systems feature Microsoft's logo as the largest on the box, or not.
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