Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella

Hit Refresh

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 societies can and must hit refresh—transform—in their persistent quest f...

Details Hit Refresh

TitleHit Refresh
Release DateNov 15th, 2017
PublisherHarper Business
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Science, Technology, Biography, Leadership

Reviews Hit Refresh

  • Sanjay
    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) ...
  • Huda Yahya
    لم أحب هذا الكتاب الوحيد الذي وضعه ساتيا ناديلاوالذي كان الجميع متشوقا وقتها ليضعوا أيديهم عليهباعتباره 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 ...
  • 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. T...
  • Wen
    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 obt...
  • 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 ...
  • Shaina Magat
    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.
  • Vinayak Kesarwani
    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...
  • Scott Lerch
    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...
  • Graeme Roberts
    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 n...
  • Rajesh CNB
    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...
  • Venky
    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"), Sa...
  • Pericles
    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 productiveSatya's story is encoura...
  • 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 wh...
  • 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 mindse...
  • Simant ♥ Flipping Through the Pages
    Full review on: FLIPPING THROUGH THE PAGESThis 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...
  • Andrew
    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 le...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trung Nguyen Dang
    I read to understand businesses and I thought i could learn a bit on Microsoft. It was a waste of time.
  • Chetna
  • 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 - parti...
  • Bryan
    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 ...
  • Balakrishnan
    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
    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 ...
  • Mohammad
    کتاب جذابی نبودشاید به درد همون دور و بری های مایکروسافت بخورهبیشتر حالت پی آر داشتسمبل شده
  • Naveen Singh
    A fabulously written autobiography which is very contemporary in the sense Satya is incumbent CEO. He is very honest and does not spare himself when it comes to criticism. What a magnanimous personality. The writing style is so gripping that I planned to read this book after another , but just read a few pages and could not park it for a while. He is in the middle of transforming the culture of Microsoft and very honestly acknowledges the kind of...
  • Pranav Saxena
    Makes for a good little weekend foray for anyone looking for a simple business read. Written Satya Nadella as an attempt at conveying how he aims to re-imagine Microsoft in an age where so they have lost their edge on so many fronts, and how to battle the stagnation that has crept into the organization. The first half of the books seems to wander a little, lost on his attempt to convince the reader of the quantum and significance of the trajector...
  • Abhishek
    Satya Nadella's book is part memoir and part guidance. Do not pick it up with the hopes of learning how he felt when he was named CEO of Microsoft (that bit never comes up) or details of any juicy boardroom battles (not even close). It is a refreshing book, dedicating a chapter or two only about his journey from India to the USA and entering the Microsoft universe with an aim to be part of something that would be considered world-changing. After ...
  • Hesamul Haque
    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 technologi...