Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Discusses Company's Future in Open Email to Employees

21

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

“a Markov bot chopping up old Microsoft press releases into a new press release” FTW!!!

“We will increase the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes. Culture change means we will do things differently. Often people think that means everyone other than them. In reality, it means all of us taking a new approach and working together to make Microsoft better. To this end, I’ve asked each member of the Senior Leadership Team to evaluate opportunities to advance their innovation processes and simplify their operations and how they work.”

In other words, "Bend over! Here come the layoffs!"

And, finally, the absolute smartest thing I've read about Microsoft this year:

"Marketing jargon and vague promises aren’t the solution. They’re the problem."

avatar

Quenepas

So MS is yet again changing their mission/vision? Are they that scared they are becoming more irrelevant than MC Hammer pants? Are they spreading too thin by trying (and failing) to conquer every part of the business?

avatar

PCWonder

Screw him and his cloud. I want my files local where I have complete control over them. I don't want my stuff up in some cloud/server farm where who knows who has access to them. I also don't want everything to be about mobile. I have a droid phone and droid tablet, I don't want a Windows tablet. I don't want my desktop PC at home to look like a tablet either, I want it to look like Windows. I will keep my mouse and keyboard and forgo the touch screen monitor at home as well.

If they are going back to their core go back to a Windows PC that will support the software we use every day. They should also think about the PC gamers as well as their XBox. PC gaming drives the hardware development that makes next gen consoles popular, they shouldn't forget that.

avatar

RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

How about the following Christmas wish list:

A Windows platform that both consumers and enterprise can readily customize to meet individual needs.

Software user interfaces that work with widescreen resolutions, rather than against them.

A DirectX that allows for lower-level access to hardware.

A Games for Windows brand that promises software meets certain quality standards.

An end to the policies undercutting the profitability of core product lines for the sake of flash-in-the-pan peripheral ventures.

avatar

darkbreeze

Hey Microsoft, you need to listen to this guy. He seems to have a better idea of consumer needs than anybody in your company does.

avatar

Gonga

The problem for IT lies in the fact that what's good for IT is often bad for the productive worker. At my school, IT was always ramming network crap down our throats, making us comply with new stuff that made their lives easier / cheaper, but made us less productive.

I have read every article on Nadella that I've come across, and it appears to me his main thrust is what he calls "big data." He thinks that MS needs to collect and create data from all it's users, analyze that data, and use it to make the user more productive, etc. The problem I have with that is that I value my privacy, and until strict laws are in place that make it illegal to do any specific thing at all without the EXPRESS CONSENT of the user, I am having none of it. When Windows 8.1 asked me to log in to my MS account to boot my computer, I knew MS had turned to the dark side (though their privacy policy is still light years better than Google or Facebook, which isn't saying anything much). I have written them feedback on this numerous times. I fear for my children. We have stolen from them basic rights that we have foolishly taken for granted.

avatar

tekknyne

I think you nailed it. That's what makes Google and FB so "successful" is that they arent just providing people a service with their search engine or social netowkr, they are making humans the product by repackaging all of the info they steal and selling it to banks and governments.

avatar

maxeeemum

OK... But... Thats not going to happen!!!

avatar

John Pombrio

Bill Gates did not make his billions by selling mobile productivity apps based in the cloud. Nor did he buy into the thin clients or server based software solutions. He did it by creating productivity software and an operating system that could handle standalone scenarios as well as local networked, wide networked, and internet based. Where exactly did this idea of MS "core" being mobile or cloud based? I do not own a Chromebook, I own a PC running Windows. I yet to have an interest in a PC based phone or running Word on the internet.

avatar

fung0

"At our core, Microsoft is a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world."

It's great that Nadella is backing off the “devices and services” BS - but he seems to be fumbling in the search for new BS of his own.

Does ANYBODY really believe this "cloud-first" crapola? And what’s wrong with plain old SOFTWARE, for pity’s sake?? Really good software is the one product that's always been in short supply. Microsoft used to do it really well, before they wandered off in search of a vision...

The whole letter is pretty surreal. Here's a quote from way down the page:

“Our first-party devices will light up digital work and life. Surface Pro 3 is a great example – it is the world's best productivity tablet.”

Nadella must be the only guy on Earth who doesn't realize that 'productivity tablet' is an oxymoron. It's like those 'flying cars' you used to see on the cover of Popular Mechanics in the 1950s. It's not impossible to build one, but there's only about 12 people in the world who'll actually want to buy it. (Obviously, those 12 will love it passionately... but that's not much of a business model.)

avatar

Renegade Knight

I didn't. But my organization is jumping onto the Microsoft Cloud platform in the next month. If the cloud saves a company money. They will go there.

As for productivity tablet. Yes absolutely. I could replace my Dell laptop at work with a Surface Pro 3 and be better off than I am now. for doing my job.

avatar

tekknyne

Saves money = hide the true cost

avatar

RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Microsoft's goal is to make you pay rent to use your computer, pay rent to run their software, and pay rent to access your own data (we all need The Cloud because they don't make hard drives any more).

They are struggling with the implementation of these long-term goals. They hope all the re-branding and marketing speak will mesmerize the public into a compliant stupor, that the rent models can slip in and take us blissfully unaware.

avatar

ApathyCurve

At its core, Microsoft is a company which co-opted the operating system for profit and subsequently created a business model based upon forcing upgrade cycles on its end users.

In other words, it's a scam.

avatar

LatiosXT

Nobody's forcing anyone to upgrade. Microsoft didn't embed kill switches in the OS and set them off on the EOL dates. Just because they don't support it doesn't mean it's forcing someone to upgrade. They'd like you to, but they aren't forcing you to.

avatar

jgrimoldy

Following your description of forcing upgrade cycles on its end users, Apple is more of a scam than Microsoft will ever be. I have 20 year old softwar that'll run on my Windows 8.1 tablet. 'Can't say that about Apple. (I realize you're not making any claims of supporting Apple)

OSes need to be completely overhauled from time to time. Microsoft has gone out of its way to retain backward compatability.

Please elaborate on the scam a little more...

avatar

JosephColt

"Microsoft is a company which co-opted the operating system for profit "

It's a profit making business selling a product.

"subsequently created a business model based upon forcing upgrade cycles on its end users."

No, they don't force you to upgrade. You had a decade to use XP, and will have a decade to use 7. You're never forced to buy a new product from Microsoft.

"In other words, it's a scam."

In other words, it's a business selling a product to make profit.

avatar

Rift2

Why is Cloud based popular? Is it for Security loopholes? Or is it just for distribution purposes?

avatar

Renegade Knight

In my organization it's because it saves money.

They pay for the use of software on an annual basis. They also support that software. Install it on machines. Uninstall it. Fix it when it breaks. So there is also an IT cost to keep it working. Software installed on a laptop, and a tablet, and a desktop uses three license. Where if I can just log in on my account I use one license regardless of which kind of PC I'm on. Plus the storage will be off the network reducing the hardware footprint required to support 10,000 email accounts.

All told it will free up IT to do other projects. Plus save money in licensing costs and server hardware.

That's why we are going to Microsoft cloud office.

avatar

Rift2

Yeah I'm just wondering what parts of Windows 10 will be cloud based.
The Ownership thing I think will worry most people it's our but it's not ours really =)

avatar

tom_m

It depends on what you're using it for, because the term covers a lot of territory. It can refer to a company renting servers that are located far away from them, when the cost of buying those servers and renting or buying the physical space for them is prohibitive. It can also refer to storing your files online, so that you can access them from multiple devices at wherever you can get Internet access. In some cases, the software itself operates "in the cloud." For example, Gmail is basically an email client residing on Google's servers, and you log into it from wherever you are. This way, you don't have to install the software or make sure it's up-to-date.