Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s CEO Satya Nadella spoke of an even bigger future for his company at the first Code Conference and how it is the tech behemoth’s time “to build the next big thing”.
Speaking to Re/code’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Nadella was asked straight off the bat why he wanted to be the CEO of Microsoft. He said that his drive has always been not to get the top job at the Windows-maker, but what he would do should he get the CEO post at Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). And it appears that the new CEO has a lot of things planned for his company, centered on what he said as “having a world view that you can make a difference as a company”.
Particularly, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is in a position to do great things in two fields. He said:
“What is it that we’re great at that we now have to go express for the future? … Because it’s not about what we’ve done in the past where we’ve come into success, it’s a question of what it is that we are going to do in the future. But it still does stem from a core that you have and to me it’s about two things: one, it is about building platforms and (two), building software for productivity. Those are two things that I believe we are uniquely capable of doing.”
Asked about search, Nadella said that search is a very important technology for the company and that they are not going to sell search to Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO). It was rumored recently that the Windows-maker may be looking to sell its search business to Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO).
Meanwhile, when questioned about Bill Gates, Nadella said that the founder is still a very influential figure in the company and that he is still very involved with driving development and growth. It’s clear, Nadella said, that he runs the company but he thinks Gates’ input is really helpful.
As for competition, the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO said that competition will not kill the company. He said:
“Competition is not going to kill us. It’s our own ability to have an idea and go after the idea and make that happen…That’s what, at the end of the day, defines success.”
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