MICROSOFT CEO Satya Nadella conquered public transport strikes, protestors and a ridiculous ring of security to take to the stage at MWC on Monday to defend the company's stance on military contracts.
Following a large scale employee revolt against the recent tie-up with the US military for its HoloLens product, Nadella, who is in town mostly to join in circle-jerks with newly announced partners, told reporters: "We made a principled decision that we're not going to withhold technology from institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy,"
Way to turn it around on your critics, Satya.
Workers4Good, which has collected disgruntled employees from across Microsoft, hasn't countered this as yet (but then it's still night time in the US as we write), having previously warned that the tie-up "crosses a line". Workers4Good is not affiliated with Cash4Gold.
Nadella also appeared at the launch of HoloLens 2, but his appearance came with the tightest of security. HoloLens 2 delegates were given a dummy location 300m up the road and then transported by coach, lest anything should happen to one of the most important bald men in tech (like Jeff Bezos, who has also defended working with the military hinting that not to do so would be undemocratic).
Nadella said that the company will "continue dialogue" over the three-quarter billion dollar contract with the US Department of Defence to provide headsets to soldiers in an eerie echo to a Black Mirror episode (yes, another one), Men Against Fire.
The contract will be used to create "a single platform that soldiers can use to fight, rehearse, and train that provides increased lethality, mobility, and situational awareness necessary to achieve overmatch against our current and future adversaries".
Google has been forced to back down over military applications for its products after a worker revolt. The other major bidder for the contract, known as JEDI, came from MagicLeap (stick to Angry Birds 3D, lads). μ
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