The Microsoft Ignite conference, held in Chicago earlier this month, clearly demonstrated how CEO Satya Nadella has changed Microsoft’s vision -- especially when it comes to big data and the road to quantum computers.

We got to see the real direction the company is taking across multi-device, intelligent cloud and new business processes. However, something that really made me think of what disruption and innovation means was the keynote session. During the presentation, Harry Shum, EVP of Microsoft Research, showed us his team's short- and long-term priorities. Quoting Bill Gates, Shum said that people tend to overestimate what they can do in one year, but largely underestimate what can be done in 10 years.

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