Iran is a complete Windows country when it comes to the Office automation side.
I think the combination of graduate education in a field like Computer Science and the opportunity to apply this in a work environment like Microsoft is what drove me. The impact these opportunities create can lead to work that has broad, worldwide impact.
At the core of the products we build, I want to think about productivity centered around people.
Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don't learn. So the last part to me is the key, especially if you have had some initial success. It becomes even more critical that you have the learning 'bit' always switched on.
It's our own ability to have an idea and go after the idea and make it happen. That's what at the end of the day defines us.
I will talk about two sets of things. One is how productivity and collaboration are reinventing the nature of work, and how this will be very important for the global economy. And two, data. In other words, the profound impact of digital technology that stems from data and the data feedback loop.
Making more sense out of my data, my needs, my tasks - to me, that's the future of Office.
As I spent tons of time with customers, not just in the United States, but in emerging markets, in Europe, in Latin America, top of mind for everybody is how do they drive growth for their business going forward.
What matters is 'Have you done a better job of making our experiences feel like home on Windows?' That's our real goal, and that's what we're going to stay focused on.
When I started at Microsoft, I was lucky enough to be part of the rise of the client-server paradigm.
I don't want to fight old battles. I want to fight new ones.
A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers more quickly.
There are nine million servers sold annually. Of those, just one million are sourced by the big guys. What we're trying to predict is: in the future, is that all going into the one million category? Or will there be some balance?
From Xbox in the previous generation to Xbox One, it's fundamentally transformed.
The more you live it, the more sustainable your business approach becomes.
To me, Microsoft is about empowerment... we are the original democratizing force, putting a PC in every home and every desk.
There were many influences on me while growing up. In the late Seventies and early Eighties when I was growing up in Hyderabad, it was a bit more laid-back, and that gave you time to think about things differently without perhaps being caught up in the narrow approach to one's journey through life.
We must ensure not only that everyone receives equal pay for equal work, but that they have the opportunity to do equal work.
In the past, there was hardware, software, and platforms on top of which there were applications. Now they're getting conflated. That is all going to get disrupted by the move to the cloud.
I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work.
Ultimately, it's not going to be about man versus machine. It is going to be about man with machines.
I went through a phase of reading lots of Urdu poetry, thanks to the great transliterated versions that have become available.
Our industry does not respect tradition. What it respects is innovation.
You look at marketing: everything that's happening in marketing is digitized. Everything that's happening in finance is digitized. So pretty much every industry, every function in every industry, has a huge element that's driven by information technology. It's no longer discrete.
To me, what Minecraft represents is more than a hit game franchise. It's this open-world platform. If you think about it, it's the one game parents want their kids to play.
It's not about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.
The fundamental truth for developers is they will build if there are users.
What happens in Britain, what happens in the world, matters a lot to us in our core business.
Ultimately, what any company does when it is successful is merely a lagging indicator of its existing culture.
You've got to remember even the Apple regeneration started with colorful iMacs. So let us first get the colorful iMacs. I think with what we're doing with Lumia, we're at that stage. I want to do good devices that people like, and then we will go on to doing the next thing and the next thing.
The mobile-first, cloud-first is a very rich canvas for innovation - it is not the device that is mobile, it is the person that is mobile.
What gets lost is we wouldn't be who we are and as successful as we have been if we didn't have a decent batting average.
Everything is going to be connected to cloud and data... All of this will be mediated by software.
Microsoft has no SQL Server developers. We have only Azure developers.
When we think about even the PC market and what is required in the student as well as in the consumer market, we want to be able to compete in the opening price point.
Without a doubt, I wholeheartedly support programs at Microsoft and in the industry that bring more women into technology and close the pay gap.
We want to build intelligence that augments human abilities and experiences.
The thing we learned the most with the Xbox is the Xbox Live experience.
In the post-Snowden world, you need to enable others to build their own cloud and have mobility of applications. That's both because of the physicality of computing - where the speed of light still matters - and because of geopolitics.
The unique value that Microsoft can add is around productivity and platforms. Productivity is broadly something we can uniquely do.
I want everyone inside of Microsoft to take that responsibility. This is not about top-line growth. This is not about bottom-line growth. This is about us individually having a growth mindset.
Believe me, my journey has not been a simple journey of progress. There have been many ups and downs, and it is the choices that I made at each of those times that have helped shape what I have achieved.
I definitely fall into the camp of thinking of AI as augmenting human capability and capacity.