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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: 10 Boldest Statements From CRN’s Exclusive Interview

Donna Goodison

Here’s what Microsoft’s Satya Nadella had to say about how partners generate revenue, Azure’s edge over Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud, emerging technologies, the SolarWinds hack and Microsoft’s bid for TikTok.

Being Relevant To Customers Versus ‘Cool’

What matters to me is, every day when we show up, are we doing relevant things for our customers. I’m not so much hung up on … the PR contest of what is cool and what is ’buzzy’ in our tech industry to some analyst, because that is the least of the things that I track or care about. What I care about, and I say this to even interns who are joining Microsoft or fresh employees to Microsoft: ‘You don’t join Microsoft to be cool and buzzy. You join Microsoft because you want to make others cool.’ That to me is what is the quality of this place.

And so, as long as some small business in some developing country feels like they’re becoming more productive because of Microsoft technology and partners in our ecosystem; a large multinational somewhere in the world feels like they’re now becoming digitally self-sufficient because of us; or a public sector institution anywhere becomes more efficient, saving taxpayer dollars—that to me is cool. It’s not some relative competition and statements among [the] tech industry on the narrow corner of the world called the West Coast of the U.S.

 

 

 
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