Microsoft’s CEO has urged the world to find new ways to engage and build trust.
“The world needs to innovate and be open-minded,” Satya Nadella told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday.
“It’s a big challenge to keep up, but we have to find innovative ways to be open.”
Microsoft is among the world’s largest technology companies and the second largest in terms of revenue, behind Apple Inc.
In the past few years, Microsoft has worked with a range of governments, NGOs and companies to create the tools and systems that allow people to communicate, shop and play games without a mobile phone.
“People in the developing world have seen tremendous change and innovation, especially in their technology and in their ability to move,” Nadellas said.
“But they need more, not less, to help them connect.
And that is what I want to encourage.
We need more open, innovative platforms to help people communicate, share information and play their games.”
Nadella has made some of his most ambitious plans about the future of the company during the past year, as he tried to turn the company around.
He was fired in 2014 amid a scandal over the use of software he helped develop to help Microsoft sell more software to companies including Facebook Inc. and Amazon.
The scandal led to the resignation of then-CEO Satya Yudhishthira.
The company is trying to revive itself by raising more money to fund a turnaround effort that it says will be focused on creating more innovative products and services.
But Nadello said he’s also been trying to find ways to make sure the company stays on track to stay relevant for the next few years.
“I think the most important thing is we have a lot of ambition,” he said.
“It’s important that we’re always trying to be forward thinking, always trying new things, always looking for new ways of being more open and creating value for our users and for Microsoft itself.
I think that’s our mission.”
He added that the world is changing rapidly and that Microsoft will be an important part of that evolution.