Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has signed a contract with Harper Business, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, to publish his first book, Hit Refresh. The non-fiction book will be released sometime in the fall of 2017.
In a press release, HarperCollins states:
Hit Refresh follows three storylines: Nadella's personal journey of transformation, the change that is taking place today inside his storied technology company, and one that is coming in all of our lives as intelligent machines become more ambient and more ubiquitous throughout society. Nadella explores how people, organizations, and societies can and must transform—hit refresh—in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, relevance and renewal. Nadella writes that uniquely human qualities like empathy will become more valuable in a world where the torrent of technology will disrupt like never before.
Nadella says that Hit Refresh will be a bit different than other non-fiction books written by business leaders:
"This book is about change," said Nadella. "It is not a 'how to succeed' book, nor is it a memoir—it's premature for that. Ultimately, I am writing for Microsoft team members, customers, and partners in hopes that these stories of transformation will be useful to them as they navigate their own path."
Specific financial terms of this publishing deal were not disclosed. However, Nadella will donate his proceeds to Microsoft's non-profit group, Microsoft Philanthropies, "specifically those working on public cloud for public good projects."