Microsoft needs innovations: CEO

Microsoft's new chief executive Satya Nadella says the tech giant needs to start thinking like a startup again if it wants to move ahead in the new technology landscape.

"Culturally, I think we have operated as if we had the formula figured out, and it was all about optimizing, in its various constituent parts, the formula," Nadella said in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday.

"We've had great successes, but our future is not about our past success. It's going to be about whether we will invent things that are really going to drive our future."

Nadella, who was named earlier this month to succeed Steve Ballmer at the helm of the tech titan, said Microsoft needs to move faster in innovation.

"Everything now is going to have to be much more compressed in terms of both cycle times and response times," he said.

"You have to be able to sense those early indicators of success, and the leadership has to really lean in and not let things die on the vine," he added.

Nadella's appointment coincides with Microsoft founder Bill Gates stepping back in as a "technology advisor," giving up his title of chairman.

The Indian-born CEO said Gates's role will not really be new.

"The outside world looks at it and says, 'Whoa, this is some new thing.' But we’ve worked closely for about nine years now," he said.

"So I’m very comfortable with this, and I asked for a real allocation of his time. He is in fact making some pretty hard trade-offs. And one of the fantastic things that only Bill can do inside this campus is to get everybody energized to bring their 'A' game. It's just a gift."

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Discussion 1 : 21/02/2014 at 11:17 AM
Their so called "great successes" came on the back of anti-competitive practises they got repeatedly slammed for in various courts, and deprived the consumers of the choice and quality they deserved. The truth is that for the first time in 20 years, they are having to compete with other vendors on equal footing, without being able to sabotage their competitors' work. And that is something they forgot how to do, old habits die hard.
Discussion 2 : 21/02/2014 at 09:28 AM
Microsoft failed at the mobile side because they try to cram a desktop into a phone. The GUI and bugs were not suitable and too much. They focused too much on the business side of things. Their new windows operating system is pretty good, but they are too late to the game.
Discussion 3 : 21/02/2014 at 08:29 AM
I hope he does not only concentrate on the new things. Microsoft produces Windows since two decades and till now every new version had something on top of the existing versions – not less. Windows 8 is a step back, some problems are obvious, lots of other problems are hidden (upgrade to Windows 8.1. is for companies a nightmare or impossible). Windows 8.1 is better again but many people and corporations still prefer Windows 7 – for a reason. What users want from MS is consistency!

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