In the unfathomable of cases that you have been living under a rock all this while, Indian-born Satya Nadella was recently appointed as only the third Microsoft CEO in the company's 38-year history - following Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. And that's as big a deal than most.
At least the new CEO Satya Nadella knows exactly how much that's worth, and in a recent revelation to the same has also hit upon the subject with Mr. Nadella expressing that becoming Microsoft CEO was beyond even his wildest dreams.
"Having grown up in India, the idea that I would have the opportunity to talk to all of you as CEO of Microsoft was beyond my wildest dreams," Mr. Nadella, who's currently the chief executive of the USD 78 billion global software giant, stated.
"Admittedly, my interests at that time were a bit more focused on cricket than on technology," he revealed at the Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Conference, 2014 via a video-cast to a gathering of developers, business and technology decision makers and IT professionals.
Nadella took the stage to discuss mostly about the Windows Azure, which is an open and compact cloud platform. Azure enables quick deployment and management of applications across a global network of all the Microsoft-managed data centers around the planet.
"I believe the opportunities ahead for India with the Azure cloud platform are tremendous and I encourage you to seize all of them," he said.
"It is amazing though, to think of the advancement in technology over the past few years and the opportunity for developers in India today."
Moreover, when asked about adopting a competitive pricing strategy for cloud-based products, Mr. Nadella stated that there is no differentiation in price. "Customers are primarily looking for value and we are a safe choice. Microsoft is the only one which offers three types of cloud technologies -private, public and hybrid. Secondly, our is totally an open environment and the third thing is the scale."
"We have far bigger scale than of the some other providers as there are 1 million servers across the world, most of the data centres are certified. There are a lot of things that makes us unique to the enterprise, that is why we are a safe choice," he added.
Mr. Nadella replaced Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft in February this year.