Microsoft chief tells workers changes are coming

Jul 10, 2014
Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, speaks at the launch of the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet computer May 20, 2014 in New York

Microsoft chief Satya Nadella on Thursday called on workers to rise to the challenges of a fast-changing technology world and ready themselves for changes at the company.

In a lengthy email sent to workers less than two weeks ahead of Microsoft releasing its , Nadella mixed encouraging words with a vow to shake-up the company and its culture.

"Tired traditions will be questioned," Nadella said in the email, a copy of which was shared with AFP.

"Our priorities will be adjusted."

From how the company is organized to job responsibilities and hires, changes should be expected, according to Nadella.

He again stressed a vision of adapting Microsoft to a "mobile-first, cloud-first world" and said that "nothing was off the table" when it came to achieving that goal.

The Redmond, Washington-based company also foresees mergers and acquisitions.

"If you want to thrive at Microsoft and make a world impact, you and your team must add numerous more changes to this list that you will be enthusiastic about driving," Nadella said in the email.

Microsoft will remain true to Xbox video game consoles as well as Surface tablets and Windows-powered smartphones that have had less success in the market, according to the company chief.

"The combination of many devices and cloud services used for generating and consuming data creates a unique opportunity for us," Nadella said.

"We will reinvent productivity for people who are swimming in a growing sea of devices, apps, data and social networks."

Outlined aims included delivering more natural ways to interact with computers and marketing devices that show off capabilities of the company's software.

Senior team leaders at Microsoft have been asked to come up with ways to innovate processes and simplify operations.

"Culture change means we will do things differently," Nadella said in the company-wide message.

"Often people think that means everyone other than them. In reality, it means all of us taking a new approach and working together."

In February, Nadella replaced Steve Ballmer at the Microsoft helm. He quickly called for the founded in 1975 to think more like a startup.

Nadella's appointment coincided with Microsoft founder Bill Gates stepping back in as a "technology advisor," giving up his title of chairman.

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Whydening Gyre
3.3 / 5 (3) Jul 10, 2014
I like this guy...
Milou
3 / 5 (2) Jul 10, 2014
"...In February, Nadella replaced Steve Ballmer at the Microsoft helm. He quickly called for the company founded in 1975 to think more like a startup. ..." He is asking for a whale to think like a small fish!!! Doesn't sound much brighter than Ballmer. And, we are suppose to be impressed??? With Nadella's comment he convinced me whales are just as dumb as all the rest of us.
Nik_2213
3 / 5 (1) Jul 10, 2014
"... cloud-first world..."

And where are you when some thieving ned steals $1k of cable, taking down internet access over a 20 mile radius ?? Or an incident goes viral, such there's *no* wifi bandwidth, never mind what you need to work 'in the cloud'...

Methinks Nadella is flying into 'cumulo-granite' !!

D'uh, for a moment, I hoped Nadella would apologise and re-boot XP...
Code_Warrior
2 / 5 (1) Jul 11, 2014
Tired traditions will be questioned,

Translation: I have no vision, so I will act like I do.

Our priorities will be adjusted.

Translation: I will change my mind constantly.

The combination of many devices and cloud services used for generating and consuming data creates a unique opportunity for us,

Translation: I think it sounds CEOey and I'll totally ignore the fact that everyone else in the industry has precisely the same opportunity.

Senior team leaders at Microsoft have been asked to come up with ways to innovate processes and simplify operations.

Translation: I have no vision, so you guys need to figure one out for me.

Culture change means we will do things differently,

Translation: I have no vision, so I will act like I do. Again.

He quickly called for the company founded in 1975 to think more like a startup.

How?
The Redmond, Washington-based company also foresees mergers and acquisitions.

Ah, by cutting red tape - NOT.
Lex Talonis
4 / 5 (1) Jul 11, 2014
Hmmm next he will tell us that that Microsoft is releasing NSA spyware proof software that no one can secretly access - because the NSA told them to delete all the information about every department in the USA, having their own back doors to ALL the Microsoft software...

Next they will release MS OFFICE 2020 - in tiny tot, junior, playmate, schoolie, major, citizen, Home Office, Office, Pro, Ultra Pro, Mega Pro, Corporate, Millitary, Military + and ++ and +++, then we get Microsoft Congress and Presidential versions.

It will include A-Smart Encryption Technology - that compresses all the files into MS-ZIP.docsexe files..... with helpful character popping up asking us, "Do you run with scizzors? If you do, you could fall over and hurt yourself."

They will called Clippy-Wanky, Doggy-Doos, and Einsteiny-Weenie.

The NEW ribbon is renamed banner, and uses 90% screen space

And when a ships anchor rips up a undersea cable, entire continents will lose access to all their data and service
Nik_2213
not rated yet Jul 13, 2014
I would be more convinced he hadn't used a buzz-phrase generator if he'd added that they've tracked down and admonished *all* those focus group members and Expeditors who fawned on Win 8's 'Metro' for even the non-touchscreen, desk-top environment...

{ Repeat after me; Listen to Outliers, they may have a point... }

FWIW, I was the bane of my multi-national employer's focus groups. Those had to include *someone* from my small department so, too often, that meant me. I had the happy knack of spotting gaps in the hype and asking unkind questions. A dire 'mark-down' usually followed my kill-shot. But, even our most enthusiastic Expeditors agreed that flawed proposals were best caught before they ballooned to mega-buck holes in our business...
Lex Talonis
not rated yet Jul 21, 2014
4 days later - Nadella sacks 20,000 people.

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