Microsoft needs to get back to innovation roots, CEO says

This handout image provided by Microsoft on February 4, 2014 shows the new CEO Satya Nadella
This handout image provided by Microsoft on February 4, 2014 shows the new CEO Satya Nadella

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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Feb 20, 2014
You can start by making an operating system which doesn't forbid me from doing half the things I want to do on my computer, even though I'm the owner and administrator.

I hate Windows 7 and it's constantly locking files and moving them to hidden archives, and not even allowing an application to access files created by itself or other compatible programs.

It's one of the most poorly designed, user-non-friendly pieces of software I have ever encountered.

Feb 20, 2014
Yet one more bit of evidence of your ineptitude. I'd keep my mouth closed if I were you.

Feb 21, 2014
While I can see why you think Win7 and recently Win8 are so idiot proof that they have become administrator unfriendly. (To the extent that now even power users find Win 8 'metro desktop' unhelpful.)
I think they struck a good balance with Win7: Almost all of the XP control and configuration access is still there for seasoned admins. But with enhanced system protection for the careless users who leave themselves logged in as an administrator, or think they know enough to overwrite DLL's or other system files at home after a quick google download!

Feb 21, 2014
Microsoft have the in house developer muscle to become the 'hub' OS people pay for to get the best experience across multiple eco-systems: PDF's and android Apps and every video and audio codec should work natively. (You paid top dollar for licencing so why not??) Isolated, proprietary, formats like wmv and wma are dinosaurs waiting to be extinct. Reliable Wireless connections to TV's, monitors,gadgets and audio systems are important for home users.
All these are more attractive to users than a desktop you could operate in woollen ski gloves and with the IQ of a goldfish.

Feb 23, 2014
I can't open files on my own computer made by a major application by a major U.S. company, and I can't open files made by 3rd party editors intended to be compatible with that software package, because Windows 7 locks them, and no matter what I do, it simply will NOT unlock them.

I can't even navigate to the files, uless I use a third party software, because Windows refuses to give me access to my own files. then when I do find the file, and try changing folder properties and file properties and permissions to try to allow the original program to open it, then it still will not work.

And by the way, this happens with more than one, unrelated set of applications.

1, A map editor for a video game.

2, A free trial of a video edit software.

3, Dos emulator**(compatibility)

I never, never had this problem with previous versions of Windows.

It's as if it's designed to make it impossible for the user to do anything on the computer without calling and paying a Microsoft tech for help.

Feb 23, 2014
Yet one more bit of evidence of your ineptitude. I'd keep my mouth closed if I were you.

I used to use certain third party applications, including modding tools and a.i. script editing tools, on all my other computers with other microsoft operating systems.

The only thing that has changed is Windows 7 thinks it should be my big brother and forbid me to properly use software I've used and trusted for 16 years.

Feb 23, 2014
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