Beleaguered Microsoft CEO lays groundwork for mass layoffs, yet another rearrangement of the deck chairs

“Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, has written a company manifesto of sorts,” Nick Wingfield reports for The New York Times. “His 3,100-word essay, distributed by email to Microsoft employees Thursday morning, is Mr. Nadella’s mission statement and a rallying cry for the staff. Although it contained few specifics, the essay appeared to lay the groundwork for significant changes, to be announced this month.”

“Mr. Nadella said everyone at Microsoft must find ways to simplify and work faster and more efficiently. ‘We will increase the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes,’ he wrote. ‘Culture change means we will do things differently,'” Wingfield reports. “Those words seemed to hint at the possibility of layoffs. In most years, around the end of Microsoft’s fiscal year on June 30, rumors swirl among employees about cutbacks in different groups as the company defines its plans for the next 12 months.”

S.S. Microtanic Captain Satya Nadella
S.S. Microtanic Captain Satya Nadella
“When job reductions occur, though, they are rarely big enough to meaningfully affect Microsoft’s overall head count, which was close to 100,000 at the end of June 2013,” Wingfield reports. “This year, however, the layoff rumor mill has been especially active. That is partly because Microsoft added 25,000 new employees at the end of April with the completion of its acquisition of Nokia’s mobile division.”

“Mr. Nadella said in his email that, throughout July, senior executives would reveal “more on the engineering and organization changes we believe are needed.” He said he would discuss changes more when the company released its earnings on July 22,” Wingfield reports. “Mr. Nadella said Microsoft was ‘the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world… We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A 3,100-word diarrhea stream of corporate-speak laced with kernels of bullshit meant to inspire threatened worker bees (many of whom have been jerked around and reorg’ed to death for at least a decade and a half) to “find ways to simplify and work faster and more efficiently.”

Our smiles couldn’t be wider.

Nadella, who might be nearly as clueless as Ballmer, also found the need to drop the word “empower” seven times during his expulsion. That would, of course, be seven times too many. How many sentences into this interminable crapfest did it take for the average Microsoftie to get that sick feeling in the pit of their stomach prompting them to pull up their resume for updating? This is what happens when a company that desperately needed new direction from new blood instead stupidly and cowardly hires from within (not that is wasn’t too late already regardless).

This is what failure looks like. Apple roadkill.

Revel in the endless beauty of what Steve Jobs and co. have wrought. This vast, growing ocean of schadenfreude shall sustain us forever.

Sleep tight, Satya.

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Captain Ballmer working hard on rearranging S.S. Microsoft’s deck chairs yet again – June 3, 2013
Microsoft said to again reorganize marketing operations; may include hundreds of job cuts – February 1, 2012
Ballmer rearranges the deck chairs again; seeks to get engineers into executive ranks – February 8, 2011
Microsoft rearranges the deck chairs again; reorgs cellphone, games division – May 25, 2010
Microsoft rearranges the deck chairs – February 15, 2008

75 Comments

    1. SURE! If you can come up with a product that the 90% of people who do not have Macs – which is in many cases due to not being able to afford them – to use in its place. OpenOffice/LibreOffice? Nowhere near as good no matter what the Linux/open source community wants to believe. Does Apple make a productivity suite for non-Apple hardware? Nope.

      This is detached from reality, as is all of the other stuff that endlessly predicts the imminent failure of Apple competitors. You do realize that before Apple was #1, meaning before the iPhone/iPad era, it was still a very successful, well known, admired and strong company at #2, #3 or even #5 remember? Apple was doing just fine in the 1990s, for instance, when Microsoft was so big and powerful that the only way to stand up to them was to get the government to sue them for anti-trust. There is absolutely no reason why Microsoft and Google can’t survive – and thrive – under an Apple hegemony for the next 10 years or so the way that Apple did under the Microsoft one, which lasted from Windows 3.0 (yes before Windows 95) until the iPad really took off … so we are talking about 25 years really.

      1. Atlman acts like Word and Excel are the end-all, be-all apps that simply cannot be done without. Please. There is nothing magical about them and frankly, I find them tiresome and they get in the way of what I want to do.

          1. And if you had experience of being a reasonable adult, with a bit of “couth”, you would:

            1. Be able to make your point without insulting him.

            2. Know that the majority of small businesses don’t need Excel any more than they need Photoshop. Way overkill.

      2. Nowhere near as good? You don’t need a cannon to shoot a pigeon. Think about that the next time you find yourself launching microsoft word to write a letter.

  1. LOL…love reading the delusional Apple fan boy comments. The iPhone market share is declining, and the iPad is the Sam stale product with new connectors that it was 5 years ago.

    Too bad Bill Gates didn’t tell Steve Jobs to pound sand in the mid-1990s. Apple is a one trick pony that has no enterprise presence and is a consumer retail device company. When the market is disrupted, Apple is fucked. Can’t wait.

    1. Thanks, Neil. It’s so great to have this profound and valuable insight about the most successful tech company on the planet from a 12-year-old with a chip on his shoulder.

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