In a 3100 word email to all employees Thursday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the firm is rediscovering its soul to change the world in a bolder and more ambitious way.
“We live in a mobile-first and cloud-first world,” Nadella wrote. “Computing is ubiquitous and experiences span devices and exhibit ambient intelligence. Billions of sensors, screens and devices – in conference rooms, living rooms, cities, cars, phones, PCs – are forming a vast network and streams of data that simply disappear into the background of our lives.”According to Nadella, computing power will digitize nearly everything around us and will derive insights from all of the data being generated by interactions among people and between people and machines. To him, the world is moving from one where computing power was scarce to an almost limitless place where only human attention is the only true scarce commodity.
Moving from just devices and services, Microsoft projects a world with over 3 billion people with Internet-connected devices which is an oportunity for it to create more natural human-computing interfaces that empower all individuals.
“We will develop and deploy secure platforms and infrastructure that enable all industries. And we will strike the right balance between using data to create intelligent, personal experiences, while maintaining security and privacy. By doing all of this, we will have the broadest impact. Our passion is to enable people to thrive in this mobile-first and cloud-first world.”
The firm’s latest ambition is to be productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. One which reinvents productivity to empower individuals and firms to do more.
“We think about productivity for people, teams and the business processes of entire organizations as one interconnected digital substrate. We also think about interconnected platforms for individuals, IT and developers,” said Nadella. “This comprehensive view enables us to solve the more complex, nuanced and real-world day-to-day challenges in an increasingly digital world. It also opens the door to massive growth opportunity – technology spend as a total percentage of GDP will grow with the digitization of nearly everything in life and work.”Microsoft aims to harmonize the world’s sea of devices, apps, docs, data and social networks and take productivity beyond documents, spreadsheets and slides and from automated business processes to intelligent business processes. The firm promises to push forward and evolve the world-class productivity, collaboration and business process tools such as Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Bing, Azure and Dynamics among others. For gamers, Microsoft prides in the Xbox and will continue making it awesome.
However, all these will come at a cost of job cuts and retrechments to make it a lean company and streamline its processes but the lucky ones will be trained to fit into the firms new focus on Data and Applied Science and Software Engineering.
“While today many people define mobile by devices, Microsoft defines it by experiences. We’re really in the infant stages of the mobile-first world. In the next few years we will see many more new categories evolve and experiences emerge that span a variety of devices of all screen sizes. Microsoft will be on the forefront of this innovation with a particular focus on dual users and their needs across work and life,” Nadella concluded.