The honeymoon has started. Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, is smart, pleasantly geeky, and communicates well. He's off to a good start changing his company's messaging about what it wants to achieve.
So far, I am impressed after watching his presentation.
In the past, Microsoft always seemed so self-serving. It was all about holding onto turf, obsessing over WIndows and manipulating customers. Now, however, that may all be starting to change. Mr. Nadella, in his first big public presentation, showed a good grasp of Microsoft's challenges but also what it thinks it would like to offer us, and the vision is alluring.
Serving the customers with technology on every mobile platform is now the vision. It's a good one. Rather than worrying about whether MS Office is too late on the iPad, Microsoft is moving forward, smartly, and is willing to let the product speak for itself. But that productivity suite doesn't just stand alone. It's part of a bigger picture, outlined by the new CEO.
In his blog post today, which is very good, Mr. Nadella wrote:
A great idea shouldn’t have to wait for you to get back to a particular device. An impromptu call with a customer shouldn’t be delayed because you don’t have the right data on hand. Life moves too fast to put limits on where and how you work. Just as the best camera is the one you have with you, sometimes the right device is the one closest at hand. Simply put, our vision is to deliver the best cloud-connected experience on every device.
It remains to be seen if Microsoft can execute, but my own feeling is that Microsoft is in much better hands now. I'm feeling a lot more positive about Microsoft's future.
Images of Mr. Nadella via Microsoft.