updated 11:41 am EDT, Thu July 10, 2014
Letter short on details, hints at future Microsoft changes to come
A few hours ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella published a missive to employees, potentially redefining the trajectory that the company will take under his guidance. Embracing ex-CEO Steve Ballmer's vision of a "devices and services" company, Nadella is holding a series of meetings with Microsoft to be able to "hone in on our unique strategy" as a company.
The CEO says in the letter that the company has "a unique ability to harmonize the world's devices, apps, docs, data, and social networks" and believes that this is Microsoft's future in a Silicon Valley that does not honor tradition, but only innovation.
In order to thrive, Microsoft must "build the solutions that address the productivity needs of groups and entire organizations as well as individuals by putting them at the center of their computing experiences. We will shift the meaning of productivity beyond solely producing something to include empowering people with new insights."
The letter is full of rhetoric about Microsoft successes and what Nadella believes are its strengths, but little actual detail about how this will be accomplished. All of Microsoft's major products, from the Surface 3, Azure, and Xbox are at least name-dropped, with no actual path for the future suggested.
Microsoft's financial reports are coming on July 22, and the letter says that Nadella will address more on what he plans to fix at the company's core then. Perhaps foreshadowing rumors of layoffs, Nadella says that "the Senior Leadership Team and I will share more on the engineering and organization changes we believe are needed."