Satya Nadella defines the 'new' Microsoft in email to employees

 

When Satya Nadella was named Microsoft's chief executive in February, he said the company would focus on innovation going forward. In an email sent to Microsoft employees today, Nadella reiterated that point, saying Microsoft will be a global leader in mobile and cloud technology.

In the email, which has also been released to the public, Nadella said that "Microsoft must find ways to simplify and move faster, more efficiently." To do that, he's tasked the company's executives with creating plans to innovate in their respective departments and business units.

"Culture change means we will do things differently," Nadella wrote. "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. We will share more on this throughout July."

Along with his emphasis on innovation, Nadella reiterated something he said would be Microsoft's focus after he was named CEO: mobile and cloud products and services.

Noting that "people define mobile by devices," Nadella's letter states that Microsoft "defines [mobile] by experiences" and promises that the Windows developer "will be on the forefront of this innovation with a particular focus on dual users and their needs across work and life." The context of his statements seem to imply that Microsoft will create software across a variety of devices and will be not constrained by what company is making the hardware. This has been seen in recent months with Microsoft releasing Office for iPad in March, before a touch-focused version is available on its own operating systems.

"At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world." - CEO Satya Nadella on Microsoft's focus going forward

Despite the emphasis on software, however, Nadella said Microsoft's hardware "will set the bar for productivity experiences," something the company has championed with the Surface Pro 3 and its note-taking abilities. Similarly, Microsoft will make sure Windows "will deliver the most rich and consistent user experience for digital work and life scenarios on screens of all sizes – from phones, tablets and laptops to TVs and giant 82-inch PPI boards." Additionally, he said the company will focus on universal apps to "run across all device targets."

Nadella wrote that Microsoft's hardware will "stimulate more demand for the entire Windows ecosystem," also noting that it will sometimes "develop new categories like we did with Surface," possibly hinting at its fitness-focused wearable device, which is expected to be announced in October.

While the majority of the letter focuses on Microsoft's innovation going forward in mobile- and cloud-related areas, Nadella also emphasized the importance of the Xbox brand to the company. Xbox creates "additional business value for Microsoft" and is "one of the most revered consumer brands," he wrote, putting the kibosh on any potential Xbox spinoff or sale.

Nadella's letter touts something shareholders have long wanted from Microsoft: a commitment to innovation by keeping up with technology trends. Microsoft has largely lagged behind competitors such as Apple and Google in new technology markets, but Nadella claims it will be a faster and leaner company to meet consumer interests. A large part of that, it seems, will be productivity, likely meaning Office and Azure will have significant roles in Microsoft's future.

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He'll get rid of a LOT of people in Washington, outsource most of it to India, and other countries for less money, more profit & higher stock prices.

Satya Nadella won't even reply to the open letter from the VB6 programming community to open source VB6 programming.
There seems to be no change at Microsoft, just the same old 'we know best, do as we say' attitude.

How to spot a bad leader (or a liar): he says that the business will focus in several topics and all of them are important.

And about the name "Cortana", i am an adult, i know where the name Cortana come but sheesh, the name is childish and sounds less serious. Also, the main users that could use it, they don't own a xbox.

Edited by Brony, Jul 14 2014, 12:51pm :

Short version is:
Cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud

Windows Phone mentioned twice, once as the (current) platform for Cortana and once on making the market which MSFT plans do to 'responsibly' and which is why they bought Nokia D&S, whatever that will mean.

What I read into all this is that devices will come in to serve the higher purpose and that is to basically move everything and everyone to the cloud. Once completed devices become irrelevant. This is not good news. Bottom line as I read it between the lines is this is a prelude to announcement of restructuring and layoffs before the month is over (starting with the July 22 financial results for FY14).

It's not a 'burning platform' email, but damn close IMO.

He can define Microsoft as often as he will, but I do know better, what I need.
I need no any "clouds" - if I need more place to save my files, I am buying a new 4 TB disk.
I do not need any Microsoft Store!!!
I do not need any Microsoft ID!!!
I do not need any stupid tablets!!!
I need WORKING AND STABLE WINDOWS.
Since Vista WMP hang on counting my music.
Since Windows XP my Event Log is full.
I am using since 2005 double CPU Intel Workstations (now 4-th generation).
Still the same problems.
How many Microsoft CEO must be replaced, until normal Windows near 100% work???

Listen to yourself, Jacek - on the one hand, you c0omplain that Windows development is flat and moribund, yet on the other, you basically refuse to let Windows (as a platform) advance. Why do YOU think that non-Microsoft developers are fleeing the platform in droves (and largely to mobile)? Mobile development isn't flat and (largely) isn't shackled - and especially compared to Win32 development. Microsoft is TRYING to advance the platform, yet the insistence on baby steps (or worse, non-movement) is a major problem - the two don't square. Microsoft is advancing where it can (Win64, mobile, non-x86) - still, in all three, there's a lot of FUD being thrown out in an attempt to force a stall. However, if Nadella calls a spade a spade and whacks the FUDsters, he WILL get pushback, and lots of it.

I was waiting for this for a long time.

What he's really saying is, "We are about to lay a bunch of people off because of cash flow and you need to start fighting for your jobs."

BDKennedy said,
I was waiting for this for a long time.

What he's really saying is, "We are about to lay a bunch of people off because of cash flow and you need to start fighting for your jobs."

Boy, I wish I had that kind of cash flow problem.

68k said,
Turnaround (when they're making $$$$$$$$$$ from Windows/Office licenses)?

While the desktop market is still generating money simply by sheer numbers its a dying/shifting market and MS is not shifting with it so while MS may still profit considerably from the desktop space that space is slowly shrinking while computing is making the shift away from the traditional desktops into areas where MS is way behind. Also while they may still have these shrinking markets making them profit they are bleeding money everywhere else, and more importantly bleeding brand recognition.

Everybody knows that PC shipments have massively declined over the past few years, MS unfortunately for them seemed to realize way too late, or if they did sense a shift then they acted way too late and others beat them to market and now its an uphill battle for MS.

If only MS could make an OS that would work with both smaller devices and PC's then maybe they would be more prepared for declining desktop sales.

Oh wait never mind they already did that,

Afaik it's free for developers that makes their app for <9'' devices, not for OEMs. And those are all actions that are not for end user. There is no free Windows for end user.

I can't really tell much from just US -> UK. That could just come down to region priority and where the UK falls in a product's launch plan. I'd be more interested in seeing the global launch calendar of products.

Since, well, perspective.

-Edit-
Ah, damned if I didn't make the newbie mistake of typing into the Add Comment box instead of clicking Reply.

They really need to learn to execute product launches internationally, to exploit the buzz they generate at their announcements. Releasing the SP3 (UK English) 28/8 after announcing it 20/5 is just pointless procrastination. Google and Apple know this. Way too focused on NA markets.

Forex, Nexus 7 v.2 - Announced July 24, UK shipping 24 Aug. iPad Air, announced Oct 22, UK shipping Nov 12.

SP2 - Announced Sep 23, Shipped around Oct 22 apparently (not bad!). Lots better than the SP1, announced June 2012, arrived in UK 23 MAY 2013!

Surface Pro always had limited availability around the world. It's being sold mainly in US. Nexus 7 2014 was available almost all around the world from start. With iPad catching up to world-wide availability in around 2-3 months from start.

The thing MS needs to learns is stop fixing the things that are not broken.

Why did they keep changing how i use my WP. XBOX games got so dumb you can only rate and review can not install/uninstall apps form there, why changed how we launch the voice from holding the windows button to holding down the search button. Why change the how we take screenshots. and other things under settings.

Nobody said that Windows is "broken" per se - however, exactly how much ACTIVE development is going on in terms of the Windows platform from anyone OTHER than Microsoft? A platform lives - and dies - based on the activity of those that develop for it; just since Windows 7's launch, how active is the Windows developer community outside of Microsoft?

Personally I think Microsoft should spin-off the Xbox division before it becomes a liability, as Microsoft has yet to recover the cost of its investment (it has posted a profit on particular years but that is negated by the massive R&D and marketing costs). As for Windows Phone, it's best to kill it off now as Microsoft has invested heavily in it yet only has a 3% marketshare to show for it - recent reports show its market share is already stagnating, which doesn't bode well for the future. The Surface line needs to be killed off, as while they may be decent products they've achieved just 3% market share and we've already seen major write-offs attributed to it.

Bing needs to be restructured, as while it has a reasonable market share in the US (around 18%) that has only been achieved through massive investment (Microsoft's Online Services Division has lost $10.9bn since 2005) and its EU market share is pitiful at just 5%.

Windows and Office are obviously Microsoft's two main powerhouses and Microsoft should focus on making Windows better suited for PC gaming, as Valve is looking to move PC gamers over to Linux with Steam OS. Metro also needs an overhaul in order for the Windows Store to make a decent income - that will come in the next major Windows update which will allow Metro apps to run in a window on the desktop. Office is moving successfully towards a subscription model but it needs compelling products on iOS and Android, as my understanding is that the apps are basically just portals to the online service and user reviews are very poor.

Microsoft is doing fine in the now but it needs to be investing in new areas, as it is stagnating as a company. If you look at Google it's investing in wearable tech (Android Wear, Google Glass), vehicle tech (Android Auto), home automation (Nest), self-driving vehicles, robots (Google X), satellites (Skybox Imaging), etc. Google is a real innovator, while Microsoft is desperately playing catchup (Surface, Windows Phone, Bing, Xbox One, etc).

theyarecomingforyou said,
...

I don't think you get their online division. It's not just Bing, its the backbone of Cortana and their voice recognition services as well.

Likewise, if Xbox can break even it just went from liability to fantastic loss leader for the ecosystem.

greenwizard88 said,

I don't think you get their online division. It's not just Bing, its the backbone of Cortana and their voice recognition services as well.

Microsoft's online services division consists of Bing, advertising and MSN - basically, they amount to the same thing. The voice recognition service is a trivial expenditure. At the end of the day, Microsoft's online services are losing $2bn a year and that simply isn't sustainable. What may be a sensible solution would be to spin it off as a separate entity and to form a strategic partnership with companies like Facebook and Yahoo.

As for Xbox, even if it breaks even that's not a good business model as it's a massive liability - all it takes is one generation to fail and the company is left with billions in losses, which is a major issue when it takes the best part of a decade to recover the investment.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Microsoft is doing fine in the now but it needs to be investing in new areas, as it is stagnating as a company. If you look at Google it's investing in wearable tech (Android Wear, Google Glass), vehicle tech (Android Auto), home automation (Nest), self-driving vehicles, robots (Google X), satellites (Skybox Imaging), etc. Google is a real innovator, while Microsoft is desperately playing catchup (Surface, Windows Phone, Bing, Xbox One, etc).

MS is already investing in home automation, vehicle tech, and wearable tech. Does MS have to copy Google in every category to be successful? MS is also making moves to continue investing in areas that Google is at least not publicly touching such as motion based controls and improvements to camera technology via the Nokia acquisition and the recent deals with Canon.

Plus, MS' recent reveals about their commitment to the 'Internet of Things' via new software platforms, shows that they are in fact trying to invest and innovate for the future.

Google does tons of stuff, no doubt, but sometimes I think people simply don't follow MS enough to know what they are working on as well. MS' research division is actually one of the best around. If you wanted to say that MS just need to release more products for consumers, then fine, but to say they are not in enough areas seems to ignore reality.

Also, how is the Xbox One playing catch up? MS has been in the console market for many years now, not playing catchup.

Microsoft may be investing in other areas but it receives a fraction of the attention. Either it is doing a poor job communicating that (which is concerning in itself) or it is simply not as committed to such projects but Microsoft is not seen as an innovative company. Google's research into automated vehicles could revolutionise society - Microsoft just isn't operating at the same level.

As for Xbox, the Xbox was outsold by the PS2, the X360 was outsold by the PS3 and the XB1 is being significantly outsold by the PS4. Microsoft has had to substantially change its plans for the XB1 numerous times now and its moves seem ever more desperate, like ditching the Kinect (something it claimed was integral).

theyarecomingforyou said,
Microsoft may be investing in other areas but it receives a fraction of the attention. Either it is doing a poor job communicating that (which is concerning in itself) or it is simply not as committed to such projects but Microsoft is not seen as an innovative company. Google's research into automated vehicles could revolutionise society - Microsoft just isn't operating at the same level.

So you agree with me that MS does in fact invest in areas of innovations. The issue, as you pointed out, is a lack of visibility. You can blame MS pr sure, but there are external factors that make it hard for MS to get attention in these areas. I really don't know how you fix that other then continuing to push in those areas as MS is and hope that the public gets the memo from the various tech blogs/websites that really drive what brands are considered 'cool'

As far as doing something that will 'revolutionize' society, as cool as automated cars are, there are areas that MS works in that could also be considered as 'revolutionizing' society. I could point to all of their various efforts in the field of medicine as a start. Maybe its not as cool as car tech, but the things that MS has done to help doctors and patients really matters.

Honestly, I think its a perception issue. Somehow, MS needs to get all of these ideas into the public. They have to bypass the tech news sources if they are not interested in covering the things MS is into and talk directly to end users anyway possible.


As for Xbox, the Xbox was outsold by the PS2, the X360 was outsold by the PS3 and the XB1 is being significantly outsold by the PS4. Microsoft has had to substantially change its plans for the XB1 numerous times now and its moves seem ever more desperate, like ditching the Kinect (something it claimed was integral).

So your saying that the xbox has been a failure all of this time? I guess you could look at it that way. I disagree, but I don't see the point arguing something that is largely subjective.

As far as the X1 specifically, you may see the changes MS made as desperate, but the moves were all reactions to feedback. People demanded these changes and MS did it. As much as it sucks to have to take the hit of removing something you felt passionately about, the fact that MS took the steps is actually good news for the end user.

I expect sales to keep ticking up thanks to the changes MS made based on the internet reaction.

trooper11 said,
So you agree with me that MS does in fact invest in areas of innovations. The issue, as you pointed out, is a lack of visibility. You can blame MS pr sure, but there are external factors that make it hard for MS to get attention in these areas. I really don't know how you fix that other then continuing to push in those areas as MS is and hope that the public gets the memo from the various tech blogs/websites that really drive what brands are considered 'cool'
Obviously my criticism is the scale of investment and commitment to innovation. We haven't seen anything from Microsoft comparable to what Google is doing. It's not just about exposure - Microsoft just isn't operating at the same level. Most of Microsoft's products are a reaction to the market (Windows Phone, Xbox, Bing, Cortana, Surface, etc) in fields pioneered by other companies.

As for the Xbox, it still hasn't produced a return on investment. Even if Microsoft had outsold Sony it wouldn't have mattered, as it's not a profitable business model.

theyarecomingforyou said,
and the XB1 is being significantly outsold by the PS4.

PS4 is sold in more countries compared to Xbox One, so of course PS4 is sold in larger quantities.

Roberticus said,
PS4 is sold in more countries compared to Xbox One, so of course PS4 is sold in larger quantities.
That's irrelevant, as Microsoft chose not to release the XB1 in as many countries. Microsoft has a poor record of supporting products internationally.

But I do believe the numbers will get more even once both are sold in same amount of countries.
Though as a personal note, I'm not seeing the attraction with these new consoles yet. No game or feature on either of them makes me "I need this!".

theyarecomingforyou said,
Obviously my criticism is the scale of investment and commitment to innovation. We haven't seen anything from Microsoft comparable to what Google is doing. It's not just about exposure - Microsoft just isn't operating at the same level. Most of Microsoft's products are a reaction to the market (Windows Phone, Xbox, Bing, Cortana, Surface, etc) in fields pioneered by other companies.

Arguing that MS' scale of commitment isn't high enough is fair, but I think your giving Google a little too much credit if your implying that they are 'pioneering' in fields like robotics. Google has been on an acquisition spree lately to bring in companies that were already pioneering in that field.

I agree with you that MS needs to have more big impact projects that do not look like a reaction to other products, but I also think MS current work is often overshadowed or outright ignored due to factors such as a lack of interest from outside news sources. Again, the medical field is a good example of that.

There is also a bit of irony in the current situation for MS. Markets where I'm sure most people consider MS' products to just be 'reactions' are in fact MS' attempt to bring back previous generation products. Most people just don't know the history of the products to care. Things like smartphones, tablets, and smart watches are all areas MS was actively trying to cultivate years before Google or Apple started to make their run at them. XP Tablet edition, Windows Mobile/Pocket PC, and Spot watches were all attempts to break into new markets. Unfortunately, they just did not catch the world on fire and it wasn't until Apple and Google came along to try again in those areas that the markets exploded. So now, MS has simply turned back to those roots and are trying to reinvent the platforms they had dreamed up all of those years ago.


As for the Xbox, it still hasn't produced a return on investment. Even if Microsoft had outsold Sony it wouldn't have mattered, as it's not a profitable business model.

Sony and MS are in the same boat when it comes to game consoles. The consoles themselves do not make the money, but they represent an outlet to customers. MS is leveraging tech that comes from Xbox across other platforms and vice versa. Plus, the Xbox acts as a vehicle for delivering MS services to customers in the living room, which has far reaching implications beyond what the Xbox itself is generating profit wise.

The reason MS can keep pushing Xbox is because they have the money to do so and they believe in the long term benefits it provides across all of their platforms. That is pretty much the same argument for Bing as well.

theyarecomingforyou said,
That's irrelevant, as Microsoft chose not to release the XB1 in as many countries. Microsoft has a poor record of supporting products internationally.

Greetings from China - the big place with lots of people and fastest growing markets in the world. You're obviously not aware that Google doesn't even have a presence here. People say Microsoft should ditch Windows Phone because it only has 3% in the USA. Well Google is now down to less than 1% in China. Does that mean Google should ditch it's search business?

There was a time when Microsoft had 0% in word processing and 0% in spreadsheets. Now they have better than 90%% globally. They didn't get to where they are now by cutting and running. They persisted, waited until the competition stumbled and crushed them. Android is a pretty poor OS that's reaching the end of its lifecycle. Let's see what happens then.

Phil Spencer has said there will be more of a focus on PC gaming now that he's in charge. It won't happen over night but I believe him since he's a gamer at heart.

TruckWEB said,
Still no love for PC gaming from MS. It's all about Xbox.

Guess that's why there's a new Flight Simulator in the works, but maybe that's not much of a PC "game" to some?

TruckWEB said,
Dovetail Games has licensed the rights to the Flight Simulator series from Microsoft....

So, it's not MS....

And MS didn't have to agree to license it out either, so they have a hand to play in this going through. With all the game IP MS owns you don't think other developers have asked or shown interest in picking up one of those as well?

Saying MS needs to "turn it around" is quite odd. They make tons of money each QTR are constantly putting out new products and services have very strong pillars in nearly every major
business in the world and still have a huge desktop presence.

They idea of "turning" that around is kind of odd. They are one of the worlds most succesfull companies ever and doing very well at this moment.

Just because hipster internet forum goers like to crap on them cause they prefer Sony or Apple or Google doesn't mean they have this major turn around they need to do,

Basically it is cool to hate MS, it is a FAD to rag on them and that FAD has no perspective or relevance to the overall health of MS.

swanlee said,
Just because hipster internet forum goers like to crap on them cause they prefer Sony or Apple or Google doesn't mean they have this major turn around they need to do,

Basically it is cool to hate MS, it is a FAD to rag on them and that FAD has no perspective or relevance to the overall health of MS.

Uh it has a ton of perspective and relevance to the overall health of MS....If you haven't noticed there is a massive shift happening right now from desktop to mobility and while MS still has a strong market share of the desktop they are non-existent in mobility and as long as consumers think of MS as un-cool or Windows as just not a good platform MS is going to continue to slowly get chipped away at from Google and Apple. Their once stranglehold on computing is crumbing and it is completely because of consumer consciousness. If MS doesn't do something to help their brand then Windows will die with the desktop.

Which is why it is good that MS is a vast multi faceted company that makes Billions of dollars in profit a QTR. People are acting like MS is in some financial crisis like Sony or something.

They aren't having any financial issues, the idea that they are crumbling goes against facts that point to their continued financial health of course they are trying to better position themselves in each of their major business area's but that hardly accounts for them "needing to turn things around". Turing thing around for MS now would mean losing billions of dollars and being in financial perile.

This is not the case for MS, all companies are going to always continue to better their positions in their respective Business space, that's what businesses do, but this talk of "turn around" completely ignores the fact that RIGHT NOW MS is making tons of money and has a HUGE Market cap with ALOT of cash on hand.

You do not "turn around" a successful company regardless of internet hipsters spouting quips on forums, you continue to better position yourself which all companies try to do anyway.

You're using the past to showcase Microsoft as being stable and everlasting... It shows how little you know about business and markets... No company is too big to get knocked out and it doesn't matter how much money they make today, but how much money they make next year and 5 years from now and even longer...

The reality is simple. Microsoft used to have a solid lock on computing in almost all respects. Now they are at serious risk of having no lock at all. Mobile devices are growing at a rate faster than PCs ever have and MS has NO LOCK on that market. I don't care if you talk about Windows Phone (Phones) or Surface (Tablets) they just simply don't matter. They still control the Desktop, but the overarching pull of Android threatens to upset even that former stronghold as well...

Android isn't likely to replace Windows Desktop, but Android has propelled Linux development into the mainstream. With the "mobile first" focus of companies and developers it will become easier for developers to target the desktop using their existing Linux development skills... on Linux.

Microsoft makes a crap ton of money today, but their ability to keep doing it is very much uncertain.

How am I using the past when MS is RIGHT NOW making BILLIONS of dollars in profit.

All I'm saying is those people that think MS is a dead sinking ship about to collapse and need to "turn things around" are simply spewing fanboy hyperbole and ignoring the facts of how the company is doing.

"turn things around" is horribly over dramatic and makes it seem like this company is in trouble. The proper term would be MS is continuing to better their positon in key markets.

Reality = MS makes Billions of dollars and is highly profitable in a LARGE NUMBER of area's in very different markets

Speculation = The bottom is going to fall out and the company is already dead

Facts are simply not backing up the specualtion.

swanlee said,
How am I using the past when MS is RIGHT NOW making BILLIONS of dollars in profit.

All I'm saying is those people that think MS is a dead sinking ship about to collapse and need to "turn things around" are simply spewing fanboy hyperbole and ignoring the facts of how the company is doing.

"turn things around" is horribly over dramatic and makes it seem like this company is in trouble. The proper term would be MS is continuing to better their positon in key markets.

Reality = MS makes Billions of dollars and is highly profitable in a LARGE NUMBER of area's in very different markets

Speculation = The bottom is going to fall out and the company is already dead

Facts are simply not backing up the specualtion.

As I said earlier, the future is not looking favorable to Microsoft. The only thing that looks good for them is Azure. Azure allows them to power services across platforms, but it also makes them very vulnerable to deeper competition from Google and Amazon...

The Windows and Office cash cows are still spitting out tons of cash, but they are very much on the decline. Denying this is fanboy related hyperbole and nothing more...

New computing devices are increasingly shipping with *nix based systems with mobile being dominated heavily by BSD and Linux. As this trend continues it will continue to put strong downward pressure on Windows licensing. You can already see this with Windows being free on devices under 9" when 5 years ago Windows free at all would have sounded like lunacy. Office is getting chipped away by the same forces.

As this chipping continues it will continue its threat to MS' enterprise business. Many enterprises are embracing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model. This is what lead to MS adding Windows-To-Go to Windows 8. Allowing employers to boot up their own Windows OS with their configuration on employees own computers via a USB drive. As more and more users adopt Macs and mobile devices enterprise will be pressed to dump Windows and move to native applications on those platforms or web applications with a true cross platform appeal and without the complexity of Windows-To-Go.

I could give more detailed information, but the overall point should be clear. Yes, Microsoft makes a lot of money today, but no one cares about what you made today. The markets only care about what you'll make tomorrow. Today is the past and useless. Microsoft's future is very much uncertain. If they lose their grip on computing (which may have already happened) they won't cease to exist, but they won't be a growth player and they won't be a market driver either.

My personal view is that Microsoft has lost and they know it. They are now walking toward an Azure based business model with their own platforms showcasing their Azure platform to hopefully keep the Enterprise paychecks rolling in. It is a great strategy and should keep them heavily profitable, but it will lead to them fading to obscurity in the minds of the average consumer.

This was long enough...

Holy crap dude you are still horribly speculating about something that hasn't happened and trying to frame the opinion that MS is in deep crap even though everything financially points to them doing very very well now and into the future.
Seriously your just making crap up about your opinion on how the tech world is going to play out and you are assuming MS will never be able to do anything to adjust in that environment.

MS is MULTI faceted with revenue streams all over the place consumer and business. MS has a much better chance to weather any storm based on fickle consumer interests because they are so well grounded in other non volatile area's of technology that will give them a buffer to adjust.

MS does not need to be "turned around" they just need to continue to position themselves well in emerging markets.

LogicalApex said,

As I said earlier, the future is not looking favorable to Microsoft. The only thing that looks good for them is Azure. Azure allows them to power services across platforms, but it also makes them very vulnerable to deeper competition from Google and Amazon...

Competition from Google? Please don't make me laugh. Google's software is appallingly bad. Moreover, Google have zero presence in China, the world's biggest and fastest growing market.

Reverend Spam said,
Bring. Back. Technet. :-p

Not only that but bring back 10 product keys per product that don't expire with your technet subscription and I will give Microsoft $300-400 yesterday

warwagon said,

Not only that but bring back 10 product keys per product that don't expire with your technet subscription and I will give Microsoft $300-400 yesterday

Yeah it sure would be fun for you to abuse Technet again!

Some of us used it for it's intended use: labs. So I would also welcome and pay for it's return. I paid for yearly renewals . . .

I really want Microsoft to turn it around in the next few years. They have some of the smartest and most talented people working for them, all they need is a few hit products that will change the world again just like the PC did in the 90's.

scorpian007 said,
I really want Microsoft to turn it around in the next few years. They have some of the smartest and most talented people working for them, all they need is a few hit products that will change the world again just like the PC did in the 90's.

What MS did in the 90's was in no way good for us, the consumer or PC enthusiast...We are far better off now that there is legitimate competition forcing MS to innovate and keep prices in line

It's a double edged sword. They completely changed the world but got arrogant and complacent in the process of having a monopoly. They seem like a very different company now, I just hope they bring out something amazing soon. They are the main reason I love technology.

best points were IMHO:

1) xbox ain't dead so quit telling me why I should sell it.
2) windows will always get the best experience and best apps even if we support iOS and Android on the side. This follows what we saw at build where gemini looks way more featured than on office for ipad. However he needs to make sure this happens because right now, it doesn't feel so.
3) windows phone will not get killed contrary to the crazy rumors that MSFT was going to go android. Clearly he gets that the platform is just as important as the services. This is in complete opposite to people that believe Satya will just give up on windows.

the word platform is in so many key sentences which makes it clear beyond doubt that their platform dominance plans are very much at the center even as they support others.

Its pretty clear that he isn't messing around, really hoping he can turn Microsofts reputation around. Whats also great is that he really understands the power of a good designed product whether its Windows, Office or the Surface.

I am an user of Windows Phone and I hope he does not bring Android Apps to the platform because that will be the beginner of the dead of Windows Phone OS and it will show that Microsoft gave up on the development of Windows Phone Apps.

macoman said,
I am an user of Windows Phone and I hope he does not bring Android Apps to the platform because that will be the beginner of the dead of Windows Phone OS and it will show that Microsoft gave up on the development of Windows Phone Apps.

I don't think they should bring apps to WP BUT what they should think about doing is allowing Visual Studio to make iOS and Android apps and then, by extension, this allows for easily porting or making a universal windows app at the same time.

George P said,

I don't think they should bring apps to WP BUT what they should think about doing is allowing Visual Studio to make iOS and Android apps and then, by extension, this allows for easily porting or making a universal windows app at the same time.


I totally agree with you 100%. As a dev that would be awesome.