Here is Satya Nadella's first email to Microsoft employees

Microsoft has now finally named its new CEO: Satya Nadella, who previously was the head of the company's enterprise and cloud division. Microsoft has also published the first email that Nadella sent to all of the company's employees today as its new leader. Here it is in full:

Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world. I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place. I knew there was no better company to join if I wanted to make a difference. This is the very same inspiration that continues to drive me today.

It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve and Bill have taken it from an idea to one of the greatest and most universally admired companies in the world. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with both Bill and Steve in my different roles at Microsoft, and as I step in as CEO, I’ve asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products. I’m also looking forward to working with John Thompson as our new Chairman of the Board.

While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more. Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation. This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places — as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it. Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.

As we start a new phase of our journey together, I wanted to share some background on myself and what inspires and motivates me.

Who am I?

I am 46. I’ve been married for 22 years and we have 3 kids. And like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences. Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me.

Why am I here?

I am here for the same reason I think most people join Microsoft — to change the world through technology that empowers people to do amazing things. I know it can sound hyperbolic — and yet it’s true. We have done it, we’re doing it today, and we are the team that will do it again.

I believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize — many of the things we do and experience in business, life and our world. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning.

This is a software-powered world.

It will better connect us to our friends and families and help us see, express, and share our world in ways never before possible. It will enable businesses to engage customers in more meaningful ways.

I am here because we have unparalleled capability to make an impact.

Why are we here?

In our early history, our mission was about the PC on every desk and home, a goal we have mostly achieved in the developed world. Today we’re focused on a broader range of devices. While the deal is not yet complete, we will welcome to our family Nokia devices and services and the new mobile capabilities they bring us.

As we look forward, we must zero in on what Microsoft can uniquely contribute to the world. The opportunity ahead will require us to reimagine a lot of what we have done in the past for a mobile and cloud-first world, and do new things.

We are the only ones who can harness the power of software and deliver it through devices and services that truly empower every individual and every organization. We are the only company with history and continued focus in building platforms and ecosystems that create broad opportunity.

Qi Lu captured it well in a recent meeting when he said that Microsoft uniquely empowers people to "do more." This doesn’t mean that we need to do more things, but that the work we do empowers the world to do more of what they care about — get stuff done, have fun, communicate and accomplish great things. This is the core of who we are, and driving this core value in all that we do — be it the cloud or device experiences — is why we are here.

What do we do next?

To paraphrase a quote from Oscar Wilde — we need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable.

This starts with clarity of purpose and sense of mission that will lead us to imagine the impossible and deliver it. We need to prioritize innovation that is centered on our core value of empowering users and organizations to “do more.” We have picked a set of high-value activities as part of our One Microsoft strategy. And with every service and device launch going forward we need to bring more innovation to bear around these scenarios.

Next, every one of us needs to do our best work, lead and help drive cultural change. We sometimes underestimate what we each can do to make things happen and overestimate what others need to do to move us forward. We must change this.

Finally, I truly believe that each of us must find meaning in our work. The best work happens when you know that it's not just work, but something that will improve other people's lives. This is the opportunity that drives each of us at this company.

Many companies aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources, and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance. And as the new CEO, I can’t ask for a better foundation.

Let’s build on this foundation together.

Satya

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Congratulations to Satya, but now is when the real fight starts. Hope he justifies the faith people have placed in him and takes the company to new heights.

It's a red flag that he uses the word "customers" once and "partners" and "developers" not once.

He talks about empowering "people" to do more. But to employees he needs to more concrete about creating not only innovation but increased value for customers and partners (where most of their revenue comes from), and developers who build platform value, and thus the network effect, more than anyone else.

definitely another bendable-politic-animal-yes-man to have survive this long in microsoft.

waiting to see how he innovates. /s

Hey Satya, your first mission as CEO is to track J Allard down and give him 2 blank checks.

One check is budget for whatever he needs to create magic again...

And the other is for his salary.

Do this and you win automatically...

Satya Nadella: "I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete."

This is a good start right here...

Not trying to be a "know it all"...

Haaa-Choo said,
oh god, he's paraphrasing oscar wilde - facepalm.

Keep faith, maybe he'll paraphrase Justin Bieber or Lindsay Lohan someday, just to please you...

Good luck Microsoft. I always loved your products as far as I can remember (MS-Dos 6.22 + Windows 3.1), but I gotta admit the last 2 years weren't easy for me as a Windows user.
I hope Nadella will help you get your sh*t together, and will give you a new direction, a new goal. Microsoft has always been a natural leader. It must not be a company that tries to catch up with Google and Apple.

myxomatosis said,
Good luck Microsoft. I always loved your products as far as I can remember (MS-Dos 6.22 + Windows 3.1), but I gotta admit the last 2 years weren't easy for me as a Windows user.
I hope Nadella will help you get your sh*t together, and will give you a new direction, a new goal. Microsoft has always been a natural leader. It must not be a company that tries to catch up with Google and Apple.

The last two years renewed my faith in Microsoft.. I was standing with one foot in Google's domain when I realized Google was a fractured mess in the making with no sense of direction and that Microsoft actually had a vision for the future. Two years later this vision is in the process of being realized. Things have been far from perfect but the direction is sound. What they need is a quicker response rate to customer wishes. But these two years have been very encouraging overall. Why hasn't it been easy for you?

Ronnet said,

The last two years renewed my faith in Microsoft

Never really had any problem with MS in the past but I've been impressed with their output in the last few years too. Windows 8.1 is an excellent increment over 8 and 7, and WP8 is what a mobile OS should be - clean, fast, focused.

ExplodingKnees said,

Never really had any problem with MS in the past

I've owned a Windows Mobile device. I've witnessed the wasted potential first hand. Microsoft made some huge mistakes. They made something they were already good better and now that something is losing importance quickly. They had a decade to prepare for the future, they were aware of the signs (they made tablets in the 90s, they had phones running windows...) but they failed to innovate.

Ronnet said,

I've owned a Windows Mobile device. I've witnessed the wasted potential first hand. Microsoft made some huge mistakes. They made something they were already good better and now that something is losing importance quickly. They had a decade to prepare for the future, they were aware of the signs (they made tablets in the 90s, they had phones running windows...) but they failed to innovate.

Guess it's a matter of opinion. Moving from Android to WP8 was great for me. Now I have a clean and fast OS (on a low end device way less powerful that the android phone I had) and I get at least 2 days battery from a single charge, sometimes 3 days. I don't think there is an android or iphone on the market that can do that.

ExplodingKnees said,

Guess it's a matter of opinion. Moving from Android to WP8 was great for me. Now I have a clean and fast OS (on a low end device way less powerful that the android phone I had) and I get at least 2 days battery from a single charge, sometimes 3 days. I don't think there is an android or iphone on the market that can do that.

I think you don't understand what I'm saying. I'm saying the last two years HAVE renewed my faith in MS. I'm basically saying the same things you're saying. Only before WP I had a Windows MOBILE device. It made me switch to Android for a while.

Ronnet said,

I think you don't understand what I'm saying. I'm saying the last two years HAVE renewed my faith in MS. I'm basically saying the same things you're saying. Only before WP I had a Windows MOBILE device. It made me switch to Android for a while.

I guess terms like "wasted potential", "huge mistakes" and "failed to innovate" don't usually come across as "faith restored" lol.

ExplodingKnees said,

I guess terms like "wasted potential", "huge mistakes" and "failed to innovate" don't usually come across as "faith restored" lol.

Haha no, but those are the things that made me lose faith. If you start to read from the top you'll see that I'm praising Microsoft's choices of the last two years. I fully believe they are on the right track. Which let to the 'faith restored' part.

I was responding to your comment about never having had any problems with MS in the past. Like I said I personally experienced the great sorrow that was Windows Mobile. But they also wasted opportunities in the tablet market. They were preparing for an unrealized future but when the time came they werent ready. They stopped investing in these 'potential' innovations and paid the price.

Welcome and good luck Satya! I hope Bill gives you all the advice and guidance you will ever need and build and expand upon his legacy.