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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the Business of Windows

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Satya Nadella

"I sense a real opportunity, because the other two ecosystems that are at scale...have conflated...the platform and the aggregation layer with one set of rules."

Satya Nadella is CEO and chairman of Microsoft.

The announcement of a Windows 11 release later this year has Microsoft positioning its new OS as more open, allowing other companies to build big businesses and platforms of their own without Microsoft getting in the way.

In an interview, Satya Nadella discusses this along with with antitrust bills, relationships with chip manufacturers, enabling Android apps to run directly on Windows, and incentivizing developers to make apps for the Windows store.

"The way I've interpreted what platforms do is: they have to create opportunity for people who build on the platform," Nadella says. "That's the way to keep a platform relevant. If you're creating a great opportunity for others to be born on your platform and scale on your platform—that's the Microsoft I grew up in. That's the Windows I grew up with."

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