Hit Refresh by Satya Nadela

I was pretty excited to get my hands on this book as soon as I read the review by none other than his former boss Bill Gates on his Gates Notes.

At the outset, the book is like a bible for every Microsoft new employees as the new Microsoft chief puts out his grand plan for the company. I found out later from someone that works in Microsoft Malaysia that everyone gets a copy of the book as well.  

In the book, Mr Nadella summarised three areas of innovation, augmented reality, artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing. There is a chapter as well discussing on sensitive matters for technology companies such as privacy and security.

The book is great in describing some of the technologies that Microsoft has come up with so far. Project Emma is one of such example. Microsoft came up with a watch (which is a form of a wearable device) for people with Parkinson’s disease. The watch is aimed to help the patient stabilise his or her wrist movement so that the person may be able to write again. You can watch the video below as well.

To be honest, I was hoping that Mr Nadella would share a bit more of his personal life and how he ended up becoming the Microsoft’s chief. To Mr Nadella’s defence, there were some initial chapters discussing his family and his initial years of growing up but I guess the book is not meant to be written as a memoir, but more of a ‘work in progress’ at Microsoft.