Clearly, Nadella was selling Windows 10 at this forum, especially to attendees such as Phil Elliott, director of application development at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The school remains on Windows 7.
Any decisions about Windows 10 won't be made quickly, Elliott said. "We will let the dust settle on that a little bit and see what the jury has to say."
Nadella is a Booth alum, and Elliott, acknowledging his favoritism for Nadella because of it, described him as "an impressive speaker, and he's able to laugh at himself."
Frank Elmore, the CIO of Orange County Public Schools in Florida, said Ballmer's personality sometimes got in the way of Microsoft's message, but Nadella talked about Microsoft in a "succinct and resonating way."
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