Microsoft's smartphone platform, Windows Phone, has not lived up to the expectations that the company outlined when they dropped Windows Mobile many years ago. Windows Phone, as of right now, holds roughly 4% of the smartphone markets and for a company who owns over 90% of the desktop market, the smartphone market is a sore spot in the company's portfolio.
In a recent interview, that you can view at the top of this post, Nadella reaffirms, without any hesitation, Microsoft's commitment to Windows Phone. This should not be a huge surprise considering that the company paid over 7 billion for the Nokia assets to continue building devices under its own brand.
Microsoft showed off their next generation OS for Windows Phones last month at a press event on their campus in Redmond, Washington; if you want to see what it will look like, you can check out our gallery here.
The remainder of the interview does not offer much else in terms of Microsoft's strategy and at one point, the interviewer asks if Microsoft is going to build a watch. This question made it seem like she was unaware that the company has the Band; maybe it's because the device is constantly sold out or the fact that it has been rarely updated since launch?
Nadella did say that he wakes up at 7 A.M every day. This goes against the grain of what you hear occasionally from CEOs who like to wake up early to beat others into the office to get a jump-start with the days' agenda without interruption from their staff.
It has been one year since Nadella took over the top of the org chart from Steve Ballmer and by most accounts, it has been a good year for the company. While there is still a lot of work to do, such as shoring up the mobile strategy and addressing a shortcoming in apps, with Windows 10, HoloLens and new a version of Office on the horizon, it looks to be a bullish year for Nadella.
Video Source: ABC News