Microsoft CEO Nadella talks of ‘tough choices’ in latest memo to employees

Todd Bishop reports for GeekWire, “Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent a companywide email to employees this morning — laying out a broad agenda for Microsoft’s new fiscal year, setting the stage for the upcoming Windows 10 launch and revealing the company’s new, official mission statement: To ’empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.'”

“Nadella’s latest email is not being distributed publicly by the company. It was obtained independently by GeekWire,” Bishop reports. “The email amounts to a “State of the Union” message for employees, setting a tone and direction for the upcoming year. It reinforces many of the changes that are already underway, including the company’s focus on mobile devices and cloud services.”

Bishop reports, “The email follows the announcement by Nadella last week that four top executives will be leaving as part of a broader management overhaul that combines the company’s Windows and Devices groups. Last week’s news was the biggest shakeup at the company since Nadella announced 18,000 job cuts last year.”

We will need to innovate in new areas, execute against our plans, make some tough choices in areas where things are not working and solve hard problems in ways that drive customer value. — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Translation: More layoffs and product cancellations (Surface? Windows Phone?) on the way!

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34 Comments

  1. “We will need to innovate in new areas, execute against our plans, make some tough choices in areas where things are not working and solve hard problems in ways that drive customer value.”

    I.e. “We’re not historically competent enough to do any of those things so you are totally HOSED (employment-wise)! We hear Apple is hiring though…”

  2. > We will need to… execute against our plans

    Yes, it often seems like Microsoft is working “against” common sense. 😉

    (Why not just say “execute our plans”?)

    1. > new, official mission statement: To ’empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.’

      I actually like that part… Because by design and arrogance, Windows 8 had the opposite effect for the majority of Microsoft’s Windows customers (persons and organizations), who want nothing to do with touching the screen.

      1. That’s something they keep saying over and over through the years (hoping maybe it will happen if they say it often enough) and everybody is going “No thanks, we’ve seen your “vision,” noted how trustworthy and innovative you are and prefer to abstain.”

  3. Er, MicroShaft has 32, count ’em, 32 models fo Lumia Windows Phones to address <2% marketshare.

    Meanwhile, Apple has 4.

    What MicroShaft has done is Product Management madness!

  4. “To empower everyone on the planet…”? Lol. That’s ridiculously mired in the year 1998. Empowerment is passé and even offensive. I have power, thanks. I don’t need you to empower me. I need powerful creative tools that work. I’ll take it from there.

          1. ANY company makes choices about what they will or won’t sell. No company is obligated to – or even can – offer all possible choices. Any company makes those choices based on numerous possible criteria.

  5. We’ll strive for synergistic empowerment of all shareholders, meeting the new paradigm, right-sized and all working smarter, not harder. And don’t worry. Your jobs are safe.

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