In the interview, Nadella said that he wants Microsoft to be able to "push boundaries," giving the HoloLens as an example:
Now, the challenge is that at some point, the concept needs to be replaced by a new idea. Otherwise, how do you renew yourself? And in order to build a new concept, you need to build a new capability and that's where your culture can get in the way.
Under Nadella, Microsoft has made a monster bet on
We hired silicon engineers many, many years ago, in order to now dream the dream that we can even create the assets able to do the holographic computing.
That is capability building: having that foresight, forcing yourself to do things that are not the easy to do. It's not about the next day, the next quarter, next year. It's one of the fundamental challenges of leadership and you got to get it right: you can't be too far ahead, you can't be too far behind. To be able to yet see those corners is all it is about.
Despite his success, Nadella is faced with a monumental task — keeping Microsoft ahead of rivals in hardware,
"It's about your mobility, your ability to get work done as an individual or as a team, when you have lots and lots of screens and computers around you," Nadella told BI.