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From Salesforce to Disney, it's hard for some CEOs to say goodbye

Welcome to this week's edition of Trending, the newsletter where we highlight BI Prime's biggest tech stories. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast bureau chief and global tech editor. If this is your first time here, this is how you can get Trending in your inbox every week. This week: From the tower of Salesforce to the kingdom of magic, change is in the air Did someone make Tuesday the official day of CEO goodbyes? Within the span of minutes after the markets closed on Tuesda...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Disney, Trends, Linkedin, Tech, Walmart, Chicago, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, Dell, Iger, WeWork


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wants to use diversity to remove bias in AI

Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, said that it’s important to have a team of people with a diverse background to reduce bias in AI models. He was speaking at the company’s Future Decoded event in India. Nadella said that it’s great that we have all the AI and data available to us, but developers should think about privacy as a human right and removing biases while developing applications: One of the best things you can do (as a developer) to have ethics around AI. For example, a solution to remove...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, India, Satya Nadella, Nadella, Neural


In Mumbai, Microsoft boss Nadella trumpets cloud tie-up with Reliance

Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella touted the new India cloud partnership with Reliance Industries as he shared centre-stage with its chairman Mukesh Ambani at an event in India's financial capital on Monday.
Tags: Money, Microsoft, India, Satya Nadella, businessNews, Mumbai, Reliance, Microsoft Corp, Reliance Industries, Nadella, Mukesh Ambani


Microsoft To Invest $1.1 Billion in Mexico Over Next 5 Years

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said the technology giant will invest $1.1 billion in Mexico over the next five years, according to a promotional video released by the Mexican government on Thursday. From a report: Nadella said the investment is "focused on expanding access to digital technology for people and organizations across the country." Microsoft will build a new data center to deliver "client services to help every organization to really get an advantage and drive digital transf...
Tags: Microsoft, Mexico, Satya Nadella, Tech, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Nadella


From Elon Musk to Tim Cook, here's where the world's most influential tech founders and CEOs went to college — and what they studied

College is where many figure out what they're actually interested in and determine the career they want to pursue. We researched the degrees and schools attended by well-known tech CEOs, many of whom launched their companies or landed on the idea for their first startup while studying at college. Here's where 52 CEOs and founders in the tech industry went to school, and what they studied. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For new college students, choosing a major can feel l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Elon Musk, Cook, Sweden, Maryland, Microsoft, Yahoo, Mba, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella, Trends


Read the email Satya Nadella sent to Microsoft employees on his first day as CEO: 'Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation' (MSFT)

Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft CEO six years ago on Feb. 4, 2014. He's generally credited with refocusing the company on the cloud computing market, taking it out of a long period of stagnation and turning it into the leading rival to the market-dominating Amazon Web Services. On his first day at Microsoft, this transformation was uncertain, as the company was reeling from its failures in the smartphone industry as it tried to stay relevant in a shrinking PC market.  "Our industry does n...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Satya Nadella, Trends, Steve Ballmer, Bill, Oscar Wilde, Amazon Web Services, Steve, John Thompson, Jim Edwards, Nadella, Ballmer, Satya Nadella Microsoft


Novartis, one of the world's largest drugmakers, is turning to AI and data science to reinvent its business — and it's become Microsoft's shining example of 'tech intensity' (NVS, MSFT)

Swiss drugmaker Novartis wants to become a data science company and use artificial intelligence to solve some of the industry's most intractable problems. Novartis enlisted Microsoft to create an "AI innovation lab" and develop new research and applications with a focus on macular degeneration, cell and gene therapy, and drug design. Novartis has become Microsoft's shining example of "tech intensity," a philosophy championed by CEO Satya Nadella that every company needs to not only adopt tech'...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Tech, Walmart, Switzerland, Starbucks, Novartis, Lee, Microsoft Research, Cambridge UK, DUBLIN Ireland, Bertrand, Nadella, Peter Lee


CEO Satya Nadella says that no single Microsoft product is more important than the company's overall mission: 'There's no such thing as a canonical business' (MSFT)

Microsoft was once known for prioritizing Windows and Office over the rest of the company. That changed under Satya Nadella, under has led Microsoft with the philosophy that noi single product is more important than Microsoft's mission. Nadella explained his philosophy during an earnings call this week: "There's no such thing as a canonical business." Click here to read more BI Prime stories Under CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft was notorious for prioritizing its Windows and Office businesses ov...
Tags: Apple, Google, Taylor Swift, Microsoft, Office, Satya Nadella, Trends, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, Nadella, Ballmer, Linux Microsoft, Nucleus Research, Seth Lippincott, Steve Ballmer Microsoft


Microsoft's Windows business just had its best quarter since Satya Nadella became CEO, and it's thanks to the demise of Windows 7 (MSFT)

Microsoft's overall Windows revenue increased 18% in its most recent quarter from the same period the year before. That makes it the best quarter for Windows in terms of growth since Satya Nadella became CEO in January 2014. The increase is due in large part to Microsoft ending support for its popular Windows 7 operating system and encouraging users to buy Windows 10 — or new PCs that automatically come with the newer Windows. Microsoft expects Windows revenue growth to slow after this big Win...
Tags: Microsoft, Wall Street, Satya Nadella, Trends, Dell, Bing, Hood, Neilson, Nadella, Amy Hood, Jonathan Neilson


Microsoft's top healthcare exec says one of CEO Satya Nadella's biggest innovations was to 'violate the horizontal nature of Microsoft' and go after more specific customers (MSFT)

One of the biggest changes Satya Nadella has made at Microsoft is shifting the company from a focus on making general-purpose products to ones that can be tuned for specific industries, says Dr. Peter Lee, head of Microsoft Healthcare.  The idea is to focus on deepening its expertise in the industries to which it wants to sell — like healthcare, Dr. Lee's particular patch. The focus is apparent in Microsoft's recent hires from industries like healthcare, energy and financial services. Microsof...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Samsung, Trends, Steve Ballmer, Bp, GlaxoSmithKline, Lee, Microsoft Research, Big Pharma, Nadella, Peter Lee, Greg Moore, Satya, Bill Borden


Employee Activism Brings New Brand Challenges

A post on shares more than 350 statements from workers that focus on the company’s climate practices. The post comes weeks after allegations that Amazon threatened some employees with termination as they were in violation of policies on workers speaking to the press and media and is creating a public feud between management and an alliance of concerned employees. Back in September, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced an initiative aimed at making the brand a net-zero carbon emitter by 2040. The...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Pentagon, Salesforce, Jeff Bezos, Branding, U S Defense Department, Nadella, Brand Culture, Brand Research Brand Strategy Brand Licensing, Justin Wang


Microsoft categorizes partnerships into 'horizons' based on how ambitious they are – from 'bread and butter' to 'change the game' (MSFT)

Microsoft's future rests on forging strong ties with corporate customers, and it relies on a special framework called "horizons" to guide its partnerships. Microsoft executive Peter Lee tells Business Insider how partnerships are categorized in "horizons," based on how ambitious projects are and how much customization they require. The framework fits in to a new focus Microsoft under Satya Nadella to dig deeper into what specific industries need from its products, versus developing something t...
Tags: Google, Taylor Swift, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Walmart, Novartis, Sap, Lee, Microsoft Research, Nadella, Peter Lee, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Lee, Dell Microsoft, Nadella Lee


The president of Microsoft says it took its bid for the $10 billion JEDI cloud deal as an opportunity to improve its tech – and that's why it beat Amazon (MSFT, AMZN)

Microsoft viewed the bidding process for the Pentagon's contentious $10 billion cloud computing contract as a "very large scale engineering project," company President Brad Smith told Business Insider. The Pentagon on Oct. 25 selected Microsoft for the deal, called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, to move the Department of Defense's sensitive data to the cloud. It was largely considered a surprise upset over Amazon Web Services — but not to Smith, who said Microsoft...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Department Of Defense, Pentagon, Smith, Amazon Web Services, Business Insider, World Economic Forum, Brad Smith, Jedi, Nadella, Amazon MSFT AMZN, Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure JEDI, Business Insider The Pentagon


Davos 2020: Greta Thunberg hits back at US treasury secretary - live updates

Rolling coverage of the third day of the World Economic Forum in DavosLatest: More Wuhan Coronavirus cases to come, WEF hearsMnuchin, Nadella and Cook quiet over Bezos hackCBI says Boris win has boosted confidenceMnuchin dismisses Thunberg over climateWorld Bank chief’s Davos snub dashes hopes of climate consensus 3.28pm GMT Just in: Greta Thunberg has responded to Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin’s claim that she should go and learn economics.....with a dose of climate science:My gap year e...
Tags: Business, Cook, Angela Merkel, US, Economics, UK News, World news, Davos, Treasury, Sajid Javid, Wef, Bezos, Boris, Jeremy Farrar, Nadella, United Nations Environment Programme UNEP


Microsoft's CEO Looks To a Future Beyond Windows, iOS, and Android

The future of the next 46 billion devices. From a report: "What do you think is the biggest hardware business at Microsoft?" asked Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last week during a private media event. "Xbox," answered a reporter who had been quizzing Nadella on how the company's hardware products like Surface and Xbox fit into the broader ambitions of Microsoft. "No, it's our cloud," fired back Nadella, explaining how Microsoft is building everything from the data centers to the servers and networ...
Tags: Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech, Nadella


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says too many people use their phones to consume, not create — and thinks its Teams chat app can help restore 'balance' (MSFT, WORK)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that people use their smartphones more for consumption than for creation, creating an imbalance. He says that he sees an opportunity for Microsoft's Teams workplace chat app to help balance things out, by providing something like a social network that helps people collaborate on actually getting things done. "What is perhaps not there, is that...intimate circle," Nadella said. "How do I collaborate, communicate, form relationships with that? And so that's anoth...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Skype, Stewart Butterfield, Facebook Twitter, Nadella, Nicholas Carlson, Nat Friedman, Microsoft Teams


Microsoft's hybrid cloud strategy will gobble up more corporate IT budgets – while companies like Oracle, Cisco, and Dell stand to lose the most (MSFT, DELL, ORCL, CSCO, HPE)

Microsoft has the largest expected IT budget gain over the next three years, according to results of a Morgan Stanley survey of technology executives. VMware, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Oracle, and Dell stand to lose the most. Morgan Stanley predicts overall IT budget growth to slow in 2020 Microsoft's gains are expected to be driven by the company's hybrid cloud investments, which CEO Satya Nadella talked about this week. Click here to read more BI Prime stories Morgan Stanley expect...
Tags: Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, CIO, Aws, Pentagon, Goldman Sachs, Dell, Morgan Stanley, Amazon Web Services, Nadella, Oracle Cisco, Google Cloud Microsoft, VMware Cisco Hewlett Packard Enterprise Oracle, Cisco Hewlett Packard Enterprise Oracle


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella strongly criticized a new Indian citizenship law that discriminates against Muslims, saying it's 'just bad' (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella became the first major tech CEO to speak out against a new citizenship law India passed last month that discriminates against Muslims.  "I think what is happening is sad," Nadella told reporters at a media event earlier this week, and called the law "just bad." The law, called the Citizenship Amendment Act, gives immigrants from all major South Asian religions, except Islam, a clear path to citizenship in India. Nadella also emphasized the role technology and immigr...
Tags: Microsoft, India, Satya Nadella, Narendra Modi, US, Trends, Afghanistan, United States, Islam, Muslim, Hinduism, Hyderabad, Infosys, Modi, Nadella, Pakistan Bangladesh


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that a book published last year by Oxford professor Colin Mayer inspired him to think differently about capitalism (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said a book written by Oxford business school professor Colin Mayer inspired him to think differently about the role of businesses in society.  Nadella didn't mention the book by name, but it was likely "Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good," Mayer's book published in 2019. The book elaborates on how businesses can work for the social and economic well-being of society, as well as company shareholders.  "The role of a firm or a corporation is to find p...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Oxford, Mayer, Greater Good, Nadella, Nicholas Carlson, Colin Mayer, Greater Good Mayer, Oxford Said Business School, Colin Meyer


This is the question Satya Nadella asks himself to guide how he runs Microsoft (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella asks himself "If Microsoft disappeared tomorrow, will anybody miss us?" and whether the "core sensibility" Microsoft represents would be lost. Nadella told reporters on Monday he's rethinking the meaning of the company's mission statement with that question in mind. He's determined that the company's "core sensibility" is thinking about business as people and institutions, rather than as either consumers or enterprises. This blurring of the lines between consumer an...
Tags: New York, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Nadella, Microsoft Microsoft, Ballmer, Nicholas Carlson


Microsoft CEO Nadella says saddened by India's citizenship law: BuzzFeed

"I think what is happening is sad, primarily as sort of someone who grew up there... I think it's just bad," Nadella told https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/pranavdixit/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-harshly-criticizes-indian-law BuzzFeed at a Microsoft event in Manhattan. Nadella grew up in Hyderabad, a technology hub in India that is home to the biggest Microsoft research and development center outside of the United States.
Tags: News, Microsoft, India, Hyderabad, Nadella, Manhattan Nadella


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella warns that technological progress hasn't led to broad economic growth the way experts thought, and 'quite frankly, I'm worried' (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is worried the technological advancements of the past decade aren't translating into broad economic growth, the way that the Industrial Revolution did. Nadella cited concerns from economic Robert Gordon, who has argued the so-called "Digital Revolution" is not acting as a profound catalyst for growth across industries despite what "techno-optimists" say. "In the 2010s, in spite of quote-unquote 'all of this progress in technology,' it's not showing up in broad-spect...
Tags: Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, United States, Northwestern University, Gordon, Nadella, Robert Gordon, Nicholas Carlson, Digital Revolution, Gordon -RSB


CEO Satya Nadella says Microsoft beat Amazon for the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract because of its 'leadership' in connecting data centers to the cloud (MSFT, AMZN)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Monday said he believes the company won the Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract because of what it has to offer when it comes to hybrid cloud computing. Hybrid computing uses a mix of on-premises and public-cloud resources, and Microsoft is generally accepted as the leader in this kind of computing. Amazon has other ideas about why Microsoft won the contract, and is challenging the decision based on alleged political bias and intervention. Click here ...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Pentagon, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Amazon Web Services, Jedi, Nadella, US Court of Federal Claims, Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure JEDI, Microsoft Nicholas Carlson


These are Microsoft's 15 most significant hirings and departures of 2019 (MSFT)

Microsoft lost and hired important executives in 2019. Perhaps its most significant loss is artificial intelligence leader Harry Shum, who is leaving the company next month during a crucial time for the business. Microsoft's hiring choices reveal some of the company's priorities, including an overall trend of hiring people with expertise in the industries to which Microsoft wants to sell. Read below for Microsoft's 15 biggest hires and departures of the past year. Click here to read more BI Pr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, New York, Microsoft, Eric Holder, Satya Nadella, US, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Bloomberg, Netflix, Bp, GlaxoSmithKline, Hall


These 7 charts show all the ways Satya Nadella transformed Microsoft from a tech has-been to a trillion-dollar giant in 6 years (MSFT)

Business Insider analyzed Microsoft's securities filings and market data since Satya Nadella took over as CEO in February 2014 to gauge his impact on the company. The following charts show Microsoft's performance over the years, including changes in market value, revenue, headcount, and growth in the cloud. The charts also chronicle Nadella's leadership, from unwinding the failed Nokia acquisition led by his predecessor to finding a bright spot in the cloud computing business. Click here to re...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Nokia, Satya Nadella, Trends, Steve Ballmer, Amazon Web Services, John Thompson, Nadella, Ballmer, GAAP Microsoft


5G growth, record Tesla deliveries, and streaming war fallout: These are one stock analyst's top 10 predictions for tech in 2020

Top tech stocks including Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google, commonly known as FAANG stocks, are poised to flex their muscles in 2020, according to Daniel Ives of Wedbush.  A number of "transformational trends" such as 5G, cloud computing, autonomous cars, and streaming will be front and center for Wall Street analysts, he wrote in a Monday note.  Here are Ives' top 10 tech predictions for 2020. Read more on Business Insider. In 2020, the FAANG stocks — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, N...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, California, China, Disney, US, Trends, Tesla, Netflix, Aws, Iger, Msft, Vmware


Here's what's ahead for Microsoft in 2020, according to experts: Taking 'significant' cloud market share from Amazon and becoming a bigger hardware player (MSFT)

Microsoft in the past year has landed big partnerships and deals, including a hotly-contested $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract.  We asked analysts what's ahead for Microsoft in 2020 – and they predict the company's momentum will help it make big gains in the cloud and beyond. Microsoft's Azure cloud-computing business, for example, is expected to take "significant" market share from Amazon Web Services in the upcoming year. Click here to read more BI Prime stories Microsoft had a big year....
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Cortana, Trends, Department Of Defense, Gartner, Surface, Pentagon, Beltway, Oracle, Sap, Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Trump


We compared the leadership philosophies of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and it shows the major differences between the two companies (MSFT, AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella each have a codified list of leadership principles to guide how they and their employees run two of the most well-known and valuable companies in the world. Business Insider recently obtained an internal list of Nadella's leadership principles, while Amazon publishes those of Bezos on its website. Taken together, the two documents give some insight into how the two chief execs approach management. Click here to read more BI Prime stories A...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Business Insider, Bezos, Nadella, MSFT AMZN


Microsoft: Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, my PowerShell has gone RC

Redmond celebrates holidays with new toys and a tease of 2020 Roundup Welcome to the last Microsoft round-up of 2019. While it may seem that the Windows mines of Redmond have been deserted by Nadella's minions ahead of the holidays, there remains one more roundup before the delight of 2020 falls upon us.…
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella keeps talking about 'tech intensity' — here's what it is, and why it's so important to Microsoft (MSFT)

Microsoft has been talking about what it calls "tech intensity" for at least the past year, including prominently with a new "State of Tech Intensity 2019 Study." Tech intensity basically means the potential for its customers to grow by adopting technology, and then building their own on top of it. Microsoft continues to talk about tech intensity as it positions Microsoft to be the provider of those platforms, tools and training as traditional companies adopt new technologies. Click here to re...
Tags: Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Pentagon, Novartis, Nadella, Toni Townes Whitley