Nadella: Microsoft will show ‘courage in the face of reality’

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella. (GeekWire File)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is taking part in his first earnings conference call right now, and he opened by giving a broad statement about the state of the company and where it’s headed under his leadership.

The company’s quarterly results beat Wall Street’s expectations, based in part on growth in Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform and Office 365 subscription service.

“We want to build products that people love to use, and we will increasingly focus on usage as the leading indicator of long-term success,” Nadella said. “Today’s results demonstrate the breadth and strength of our overall business.”

He added later, “I sum up this quarter in two words: execution and transition.”

Nadella talked about the importance of delivering cloud services on every device, but also making “bold moves” to advance Windows as a platform across different types of devices.

Here’s how he concluded his opening remarks, focusing on the company’s mindset.

The past two and a half months have been a period of significant change but also a period of nailing the basics and delivering against our product and financial plans. In the months ahead, we will continue to be intensely focused on two things: Rock-solid execution and pivoting the company toward the future. We will continue to push hard and move quickly, and you will see the proof of that month after month in the products and services we build for the mobile-first, cloud-first world.

What you can expect of Microsoft is courage in the face of reality. We will approach our future with a challenger mindset. We will be bolder in our innovation, we will be accountable to our customers, partners and shareholders.

PreviouslyMicrosoft beats expectations with quarterly revenue of $20.4B, earnings of 68 cents