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It’s great to see that finally Microsoft gets a chance to grab control of its future. The last few years under Ballmer’s direction have been positively dire! Even looking through Microsoft jobs gives one the feeling that they’re focusing predominantly on Sales Executives rather than innovators.
Satya Nadella’s memo to Microsoft staffers indicates a change in direction. I agree with lots he’s said in there, but I was particularly moved by one paragraph:
I am 46. I’ve been married for 22 years and we have 3 kids. And like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences. Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me.
I can totally relate to that attitude and mindset. Hope this new challenge brings him lots of success; it will certainly make Microsoft a better company!