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Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  6,830 ratings  ·  678 reviews
As told by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Hit Refresh is the story of corporate change and reinvention as well as the story of Nadella’s personal journey, one that is taking place today inside a storied technology company, and one that is coming in all of our lives as intelligent machines become more ambient and more ubiquitous. It’s about how people, organizations and socie ...more
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by HarperBusiness
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Alex Shrugged Satya addresses the fear of Artificial Intelligence by offering arguments against "Skynet". I agree that the author is mostly positive about AI, but I…moreSatya addresses the fear of Artificial Intelligence by offering arguments against "Skynet". I agree that the author is mostly positive about AI, but I think he has lost his marbles. He seems to be betting the farm on a pair of twos.(less)
Sendhilkumar Alalasundaram Not High Performance Habits, But the book talks about High Performance behaviour/Practices like Empathy, Listening, Collaboration and Continuous…moreNot High Performance Habits, But the book talks about High Performance behaviour/Practices like Empathy, Listening, Collaboration and Continuous Learning and Innovation.(less)
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Huda Yahya
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction

لم أحب هذا الكتاب الوحيد الذي وضعه ساتيا ناديلا
والذي كان الجميع متشوقا وقتها ليضعوا أيديهم عليه
باعتباره خلاصة أفكار الرجل

"يتحدث ناديلا عن "تأثير الالات الذكية في حياة البشر في العصر الحالي
والطرق التي يمكن أن تسهم بها التكنولوجيا في تشكيل العالم في الأزمنة القادمة

ويلخص في الكتاب نظرته إلى العالم باعتباره الرئيس التنفيذي لشركة مايكروسوفت

محاور الكتاب الرئيسية هي
الواقع المختلط
والذكاء الاصطناعي
والحوسبة الكمية

ورغم جاذبيتها بالنسبة لي إلا أن الكتاب في نظري كان مملا تنقصه الروح

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Sanjay
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought
Recommended for only Microsoft employees.
Caroline Berg
Another reviewer says this is "Recommended for only Microsoft employees" but I disagree. This book isn't even for all Microsoft employees, for it leaves out a very large percentage us - the contractors. In fact, I wouldn't have read this book at all if my boss, who is a full-time employee and not a vendor contractor, hadn't picked up a number of these (the Employee Edition was given away on the Microsoft campus for free - but not to contractors) and dispersed them about the team so that everyone ...more
Bharath Ramakrishnan
This is a story about how Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft sought to change Microsoft’s culture and rediscover it’s soul. It makes for interesting reading, especially with his emphasis on empathy being the bedrock of his thinking – trying to move public perception of Microsoft being a big uncaring giant falling behind competitors like Apple, to a more forward-looking organisation which invests in research, it’s people and it’s culture.

The culture change which Satya talks about does come across a
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Wen
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This read was entirely for work; I nevertheless decided to write a review for those thinking about picking up the book.
To me this book was the written form of an inspirational speech by Satya Nadella, the current CEO of Microsoft, who succeeded Steve Ballmer in 2014.
The book consisted three parts. Nadella first gave a brief description of his background: growing up in India, obsessed in cricket, studied EE in college and moved to the U.S. to obtain masters in CS, joined Microsoft shortly after
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Du Nguyen
Why does Microsoft exist? And why do I exist in this new role? That was the questions Nadella asked of himself when he was offered and appointed as the CEO of Microsoft - only the third CEO in its 40-year history. Why am I writing this book is another question that I think Nadella should have asked himself.

Hit Refresh is according to Nadella, not a biography, nor is it a book solely about himself. It's not really a book about technology although that does feature a lot. Nor is it a book about th
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Graeme Roberts
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first half, I despaired of any value in this book, though I did enjoy hearing about Mr. Nadella's youth in India, his family, and his love of cricket, which would endear him to anyone from the Commonwealth, including me. Like all companies that have owned a powerful franchise (DOS/Windows and Office) Microsoft had lagged in innovation, and come too late to the Web and mobile, and almost too late for the Cloud. This is central to the very nature of technology business, and not a failure of ...more
Vinayak Kesarwani
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ranging somewhere around 3.5 stars, this book is Satya Nadella's manifesto. His worldview on how technology is going to shape up the world in coming times. The beginning parts present stories from his life - school, Microsoft, transitions etc. The end parts however contain more of his manifesto, about how technology and society should interact etc which makes this difficult to read at times. Still not a bad read from one of the new CEOs of a tech giant. 1 time read for sure. Also, follow the sou ...more
Shaina Magat
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really loved the first half of this book. Overall information was really good but it got a little too technical and regulation based in the back half.
Scott Lerch
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a current Microsoft employee I now like Satya even more after reading his book: Hit Refresh. He comes across as more humble and thoughtful than any other current CEO in the tech sector, yet is just as driven and intelligent. I particularly like his mantra of having empathy for our customers and colleagues. Listen first and seek to understand before making any judgement, but be willing to challenge long held beliefs. Satya convinced me changing culture from the top-down and bottom-up is critic ...more
Vartika
A VERY long memo to Microsoft employees - I didn't get the sense that the book's purpose was anything more than explaining to the employees why Satya was a great CEO choice, how he is on top of knowing what will take Microsoft to the next level and how some of the initiatives he has taken since joining are all "first of its kind"/ "never heard of"/ "ones he has a knack for".

I also didn't like the tone of superiority and 'look I have growth mindset, but I will still go ahead and proclaim this wil
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Rajesh CNB
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first time in 2016 Microsoft offered a free upgrade to Windows 10. That was surprising to me as I had never seen Microsoft offer anything for free. But at that time I didn't pay much attention to the fact and happily upgraded to Windows 10 and encouraged others to do so as well. I checked out the new Internet Explorer and Bing for a month before I decided to switch back to Google Chrome and Google search. I now realize that unwittingly, I was a part of the Microsoft's new campaign and I ...more
Venky
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibliocase
Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing. These are the three most passionate exhortations one finds in "Hit Refresh" by Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft. An autobiography subtly disguised as an expression of the current cultural ethos prevailing inside the world's largest tech behemoth, "Hit Refresh" is an alarmingly thought provoking book. Emphasising his reluctance in writing a memoir ("I'll save that for my dotage"), Satya Nadella briefly traces his origins and adolesc ...more
Pericles
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Microsoft employee, but this opinion is my own.

This book describes three topics, at a high level:
- Satya Nadella's career and personal life: from a student in India to becoming the CEO of Microsoft, and everything in between, including his personal challenges
- Microsoft's transformation under Satya's tenure
- Industry trends, policies, regulations and how tech companies should enable people to become more productive

Satya's story is encouraging. This is the true story of someone who is tal
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Frank
It is difficult capture how one speaks in one's writing. Satya, however, does exactly that; he has a distinct composure when he speaks in public; he does not rush over sentences, or become overtly enthusiastic with his facial expressions; he conveys his emotions through the eloquence of his speech to the way his eyes "light up" when he is talking about his passions.

If you've ever heard any of Satya's speeches, you can literally hear his voice while reading "Hit Refresh". He writes with the same
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Arunothia Marappan
Satya's views on most things are very deep! He details his own personal evolution in an absolutely honest manner. I could connect with his emotions at many places and that made reading this book even more personal for me. And as a new hire at Microsoft, I found the book very informative and encouraging. I recommend it to all who want to be leaders in any technical field.
ScienceOfSuccess
Jun 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waiting
I believe that a little bit of PR in a book is good, but 100% PR makes me sad.

TL;DR if you want to make something good, just give all your money to Microsoft, because they are the best.
Trung Nguyen Dang
I read to understand businesses and I thought i could learn a bit on Microsoft.
It was a waste of time.
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This book is not for everyone. It is for those who understand technology a bit and are interested in knowing the inner workings of an organization like Microsoft. Not just about Microsoft, you need to learn what a person Satya Nadella is how is reached from a small place in India to where he is today.

Now let’s move to the probable reasons as to why you should read it.

1. To know Satya Nadella’s journey from India to Microsoft
Satya Nadella’s journey is enc
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Greg Hopper
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
An inspiring book, and unusual content for a tech CEO. He (of course) describes emerging technologies and their impact, but the recurring theme was empathy.

His success at making Microsoft relevant again is obvious, and his willingness to think heretical thoughts (Office on iOS!) is an important part of that success.

A small thing kept bothering me as I read the book - I appreciate hearing Mr. Nadella's voice telling his story. It is compelling, and (as I said) inspiring. The nagging thought - I
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Andrew
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satya Nadella's "Hit Refresh" is a very refreshing book. As the third CEO of Microsoft, and the first one born in India, he writes from a unique perspective. He has chosen to write this book at the beginning of his tenure, instead of afterward, as he believes there is value in communicating the story of Microsoft at the beginning of his transformation of the company. And I would have to agree. Nadella's background and worldview add much to his leadership capabilities. He is somewhat philosophica ...more
Gautam Ramachandra
The book is about individual change, about the transformation happening inside Microsoft and It shows that being yourself, improving yourself by hitting the refresh button in your life would matter a lot.
Richard Vernon
I work for a Microsoft Partner and was given this book by them for Christmas (I did get an Amazon voucher and a bottle as well!!). Anyway - CEO of a super sized (American) global tech company, I'm expecting arrogance, ego etc etc but Satya comes across as almost the complete opposite - calm, enthusiastic and intellectual - it's fascinating and heartening that such a high number of CEO's of similar companies (Google, Adobe) have come from similar backgrounds.

The book itself has distinct sections
...more
Erfan
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
Not much insightful content could be found in the book, but it was an interesting read about what has started happening in Microsoft under Nadella's leadership. His next book few years later (probably after he retires), if there is going to be such a book, would definitely be a valuable book.
Chetna
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5
Ken Cyr
Full Disclosure - I'm currently a Microsoft employee, so I couldn't help but to read this book through the eyes of an insider. This definitely skews my perspective... it's a conscious bias that I have :)

The overall idea of the book was good, and it was great to gain insight into the mind of my current employer's CEO. However, I'm split on my review of this book for a few reasons.

First, there is a lot in here that I completely agree with - particularly Satya's musings on leadership, security an
...more
Bryan
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Microsoft is betting on three things to change the computing world going into the future. They are artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and augmented reality. I read the employee version of this book. It felt like this book was written to inspire Microsoft employees and to help unify the vision of Microsoft. I really enjoyed the peek into Satya Nadella's life. He has empathy for all people. Having a son with disabilities really drove that home to him. He really wants all people to be succ ...more
Balakrishnan
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the coolest understandable memoir of world’s large corporation in the context of yesteryears glory, mistakes and to the promising tech’s future! Satya’s continual reference to his personal diaries make you connect better and well, bunch of literary annotations are more of a billboard stuff. A fascinating read to sum up!
Bharat
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Offers insights into the rise of Nadella and how he incorporated the lessons learned from his childrens' difficulties as he rose ladders in Microsoft along with his wife Anu. First half is easily the best part of the book and in the second half Nadella delves more into his vision, revamping process in Microsoft post Gates and Ballmer era.

Throughout the book Microsoft's sheer internal operation machinery, peek into various departmental heads who run Microsoft and interesting quotes that are disp
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Hesamul Haque
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leadership is inbuilt as well as some skill which no books can teach but experience. As everybody has different definitions of a leader, Satya Nadella has charmingly thrown some light of leadership at the beginning of the book and how he learnt salient features of a leader which helped him in every step of his life. The book gives a clear picture on how the world is evolving and how it will affect our lives in much better ways with new technologies and innovations by giving ideas about many tech ...more
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“I discovered Buddha did not set out to found a world religion. He set out to understand why one suffers. I learned that only through living life’s ups and downs can you develop empathy; that in order not to suffer, or at least not to suffer so much, one must become comfortable with impermanence.” 15 likes
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