Posted by: kurtsh | May 5, 2015

ARTICLE: New York Times–“Microsoft (Yes, Microsoft) Has a Far-Out Vision”

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Nick Wingfield from the New York Times wrote a very interesting article about how Microsoft has changed, and change so dramatically in such a small period of time.

It talks to the decisions that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made as well as the decisions that were made prior to his ascendance as CEO.

It also talks to the role that Microsoft Research plays in advancing the state-of-the-art for the benefit of the technology industry, as well as Microsoft.

This is a small sample of the opening paragraphs of the article:

The HoloLens team members were confident in their creation. But they worried that Mr. Nadella, a two-decade Microsoft employee then looking at cost-cutting measures and mass layoffs, would kill it for being too risky and far-out.

Mr. Nadella didn’t flinch.

“He said right away, ‘This is something that we’re going to do,’ ” Mr. Holmdahl said. “We are going to create a new product category, and this is the type of thing that Microsoft should be working on.”

But he also says later in the article:

“I don’t want to overhype it like Google Glass and say this is the next,” he says, trailing off. “I want us to be deliberate about what it is.”

After talking about the change in attitudes & Microsoft’s new direction around innovative excellence & leadership, there are 3 sections of the article, each with a different theme:

  • ‘A Decent Batting Average’
    Microsoft is very much successful to date.  The question is how to take that success & make Microsoft breakthough with excellence & attention to detail.
  • Translating Innovation Into Sales
    Microsoft has one of the largest R&D organizations in the world.  How does Microsoft plan on monetizing that research?
  • Changing the Game
    Where is Microsoft planning to invest to leap frog the current state of the art?

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