Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave a 15-minute keynote address at today’s Future Decoded event in London and took the opportunity to talk about the company’s cloud and mobile solutions, and how they’re empowering people and businesses.
Speaking for the very first time in the UK since he took the helm at Microsoft earlier this year, Nadella praised the country for its rapid adoption of the cloud and explained that “cloud infrastructure and mobile experiences is where the world is heading.”
Nadella explained that today consumers have access to more devices than ever before and that there are even more sensors than devices. As a result, the “richness of that compute fabric” used in conjunction with cloud computing is making new mobile services possible.
Giving the recent project Microsoft has launched for the visually impaired as an example, Nadella said that technology exists for one reason, which is to augment human potential. He added that for businesses to thrive, “three concentric circles need to click into gear”: new concepts complemented by new capabilities in a culture that embraces change.
Referencing Sir Bob Geldof’s talk about the importance of education earlier that morning, Nadella also said that as more human capital is expressed through digital tools, we need to “make access to education available everywhere” and then create further opportunities from it. This, he said, is why initiatives such as YouthSpark exist – to help young people realise their full potential.
“Technology’s role in society is to empower people,” Nadella said.
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