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FILE- In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, file photo Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella listens to a question as he sits in front of the Windows logo during the annual Microsoft Corp. shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Wash. Microsoft on Friday, Nov. 30, surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable publicly traded company. Under Nadella Microsoft has found stability by moving away from its flagship Windows operating system and focusing on cloud-computing services with long-term business contracts. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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“Really falling in love with small, new things.”
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on his toughest challenges and biggest competitors

Kevin J. Delaney
Member exclusive by Kevin J. Delaney for The new Microsoft

In a rare move, Microsoft in January invited a small group of senior journalists to spend a day at its Redmond, Washington, headquarters to meet with top executives and try some technology the company had yet to release.

CEO Satya Nadella addressed the group twice, once during the morning in a living room with couches and a second time at the end of the day in a product demonstration area. He spoke off the cuff, for close to two hours in total, and fielded questions from the journalists on a broad range of topics.

Nadella discussed what defines Microsoft, what has been hardest for him over his past five years as CEO, who he sees as the tech company’s biggest competitors, and how he thinks a phase of intense globalization is over. It was an important, inside glimpse into what’s on Nadella’s mind, and how he sees the future of Microsoft, the tech industry, and the global economy.

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