The one thing that I would say that defines me is I love to learn. I get excited about new things. I buy more books than I read or finish.
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.
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.
You renew yourself every day. Sometimes you're successful, sometimes your not, but it's the average that counts.
If you don't have a real stake in the new, then just surviving on the old - even if it is about efficiency - I don't think is a long-term game.
Businesses and users are going to use technology only if they can trust it.
Everything is going to be connected to cloud and data... All of this will be mediated by software.
I think reconceptualizing Microsoft as a devices and services company is absolutely what our vision is all about. Office 365 and Azure on the services side are representative of it.
When I started at Microsoft, I was lucky enough to be part of the rise of the client-server paradigm.
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.
From Xbox in the previous generation to Xbox One, it's fundamentally transformed.
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