Microsoft is seeking to reinvent productivity for the 21st century as it presses ahead with its 'mobile first, cloud first' strategy, according to chief executive Satya Nadella.
Nadella was speaking at Microsoft's Future Decoded event in London, along with other luminaries including former head of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington and Ronan Dunne, chief executive of Telefónica UK.
In a brief conversation with Dave Coplin, Microsoft's chief envisioning officer, Nadella spoke about Microsoft's vision for the future.
However, for those expecting much insight into Microsoft's future vision, Nadella was largely disappointing, discussing well-worn clichés about the purpose of technology being to empower people to live up to their full potential, and that mobility will be a key piece of enterprise IT delivery.
Nadella said that reinventing productivity is "about being able to empower every individual and every organisation to do more and achieve more".
On Microsoft's role in spurring innovation, Nadella said that he liked to think about the problem as three "concentric circles" that were necessary for any organisation to thrive.
"You have to have new concepts, because you can't just continue with the concepts you've invented in the past. And this needs to be complemented with new capabilities that you as an organisation have," he said.
"For example, we have new capabilities in the cloud and in silicon which really allow us to do the kinds of things that we want.
"But most importantly, you've got to have a culture that is also evolving in order to support the new capability and the new concepts.
"This interlocking of concepts, capability and culture is what any organisation needs to be able to do in order to reinvent themselves, and this is a continuous process."
Inevitably, Nadella soon came around to Microsoft's cloud-based tools, saying that Azure and Office 365 are "transformative products".
"When I talk to customers, they're not just looking for new technology, they're looking for technology that will be transformative to their business and help them better meet the challenges they're facing, and that's what Azure and Office 365 are," he said.
Nadella also had some words of praise for the UK, saying that this country is in many ways very advanced in terms of cloud adoption.
"I've had the chance to talk to some users and partners and look at their ambitions and what they are doing with the cloud, and it's amazing to see the rapid adoption, so coming here and learning is a big part of what it means for Microsoft to be a success," he said.
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