Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has spoken about how he sees the technology company’s future.
In doing so, Satya Nadella, who succeeded Steve Ballmer as CEO in 2014, stressed that the billion users of Windows are not being forgotten.
“The way I look at it is Windows is the billion user install base of ours. We continue to add a couple of hundred million PCs every year, and we want to serve that in a super good way,” said Nadella. “The thing that we also want to think about is the broader context. We don’t want to be defined by just what we achieved. We look at if there’s going to be 50 billion endpoints. Windows with its billion is good, Android with its 2 billion is good, iOS with its billion is good — but there is 46 billion more. So let’s go and look at what that 46 billion plus 4 [billion] looks like, and define a strategy for that, and then have everything have a place under the sun.”
Before becoming Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms.
Satya Nadella, named the best American CEO by Comparably sees Windows as an extension of the Microsoft cloud platform Azure. Microsoft has been building a cloud empire and quietly acquiring companies that will help manage billions of cloud-connected devices. Some analysts claim that there are already 22 billion connected devices, growing to 50 billion connected devices this year, by 2025, or 2030, depending on which study you believe, The Verge reported.
“Sometimes I say, ‘Hey, look. Should I call Windows …. Azure Edge?” Satya Nadella said. “Our new organisation that manages all of this at the core kernel level and the hardware …. that team is the same. Whether it is something that is on Surface or something on Azure host, it’s literally the same people.”
Azure is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centres.
Microsoft has joined forces with the likes of Amazon on Alexa and Cortana integration, Samsung for Android apps, Walmart on technology for groceries, Sony on the future of gaming in the cloud as it looks to create a cross-platform environment that spans the world’s computing devices.
“We are absolutely, no question, allocating a lot to what is that next big thing,” said Satya Nadella. “But at the same time, we’re also not saying that’s our way back to saying all of iOS, all of Android, and all of Windows will suddenly be subsumed by this one thing. If anything, what people have come to realise is that Windows is there with a billion users, iOS is there with a billion users, and Android is there with 2 billion users. It’s not like one killed the other.”
Microsoft shares hit an all-tiume high of 167.10 on 17 January, 2020.