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Nadella's vision outlined in Microsoft staff memo

Nadella's vision outlined in Microsoft staff memo

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has released a memo detailing how he plans to shift the company from predecessor Ballmer's course, while hinting at job losses to come.

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has proclaimed his desire to to 'hone' the direction set by his predecessor Steve Ballmer, outlining his own vision for the company's future in a six-page memo to staff.

During his tenure as chief executive, Ballmer - the company's first business-oriented employee, having known founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen at university - talked much about making the company's focus 'devices and services,' but largely retained an interest on the Windows ecosystem as its heart. Nadella, by contrast, has declared that the new Microsoft will be looking to win customers on any front possible - from productivity software to search engine traffic.

'Our passion is to enable people to thrive in this mobile-first and cloud-first world,' Nadella wrote in an all-staff memo released yesterday. 'We have described ourselves as a "devices and services" company. While the devices and services description was helpful in starting our transformation, we now need to hone in on our unique strategy.' That strategy, he explained, looks to move the company into the centre of users' 'digital work and life experiences,' using the power of the company's Azure cloud platform.

The memo echoes recent moves by Microsoft to support customers on non-Windows operating systems. It recently launched an impressively-featured port of its Office productivity suite for arch-nemesis Apple's iPad tablet, and is working on another port for Android tablets. Nevertheless, Nadella is clear that first-party hardware - namely the Surface and Lumia product lines - and the Windows platform will continue to be a major focus for the company's developments. 'Our Windows device OS and first-party hardware will set the bar for productivity experiences,' he wrote. 'Windows will deliver the most rich and consistent user experience for digital work and life scenarios on screens of all sizes – from phones, tablets and laptops to TVs and giant 82 inch PPI boards.'

Nadella also addressed recent rumours that the company was looking to sell its Xbox gaming division. 'The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming. We are fortunate to have Xbox in our family to go after this opportunity with unique and bold innovation,' Nadella claimed in the memo. 'Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. Xbox is one of the most-revered consumer brands, with a growing online community and service, and a raving fan base. We also benefit from many technologies flowing from our gaming efforts into our productivity efforts – core graphics and NUI in Windows, speech recognition in Skype, camera technology in Kinect for Windows, Azure cloud enhancements for GPU simulation and many more. Bottom line, we will continue to innovate and grow our fan base with Xbox while also creating additive business value for Microsoft.'

One section of the memo which may cause Nadella's staff alarm details his commitment to 'making Microsoft the best place for smart, curious, ambitious people to do their best work,' in which he admits that 'every team across Microsoft must find ways to simplify and move faster, more efficiently' - seemingly confirming rumours that the company is to lay off up to 10 per cent of its staff in the near future.

The full text of the memo is available on Microsoft's official website.

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Alecto 11th July 2014, 12:48 Quote
They should stop phucking around with user interface of their applications and go back to the tried and proven pre-ribbon UI. Putting likes of that imebcile Sinofsky in charge surely must have hurt them enough to realize that so I hope "making Microsoft the best place for smart, curious, ambitious people to do their best work", rather than hiring more clueless mongoloids promoting the Windows 3.0 look and duming down of productivity applications' UI.

Sinofsky case ought to teach them to never again go full retard.
Nexxo 11th July 2014, 13:18 Quote
Wasn't the pre-ribbon UI the Windows 3 look? And wasn't Sinofsky the guy who got Windows 7, the Jesus OS, out of the door?

Anyway, found on the desk of an admin worker:

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=2076&pictureid=34861

Perhaps the OS and productivity applications do need dumbing down a bit. :)
SchizoFrog 12th July 2014, 01:51 Quote
I don't think there is anything 'wrong' with the UI as long as it WORKS and the same goes for almost every aspect and incarnation of Windows 8. It just needs to work.

There have been far to many errors and failures to get a smooth experience. Even now, God knows how long after the actual launch there are still thousands having issues with upgrading to 8 and those with 8 trying to update to 8.1. That is the main failure. If the system just worked the way 7 worked after the mess of Vista, there would be virtually no argument by now as people would have been able to adopt and get used to the new changes, but as it is such a systematic cock up, people are all over the place.
siliconfanatic 12th July 2014, 04:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
Windows 7, the Jesus OS

The truth has been spoken! :D
Corky42 12th July 2014, 10:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
Anyway, found on the desk of an admin worker:

<snip>

Perhaps the OS and productivity applications do need dumbing down a bit. :)

Why would someone hire a person to work in an environment with computers who doesn't even have a basic understanding of how to use them ? We shouldn't be dumbing things down just because some people are stupid, or lazy.
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