Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jul 2014 14:45 UTC

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has just published a letter to employees about... Uh, yeah, about what exactly?

The day I took on my new role I said that our industry does not respect tradition - it only respects innovation. I also said that in order to accelerate our innovation, we must rediscover our soul - our unique core. We must all understand and embrace what only Microsoft can contribute to the world and how we can once again change the world. I consider the job before us to be bolder and more ambitious than anything we have ever done.

I've read through the whole thing - twice - but I still have no idea what I'm supposed to take from this. There's nothing concrete, nothing we haven't heard before - it's so vague that I'm not really sure it even has a point to begin with. I think it's supposed to announce some sort of change in direction, but that's the problem - there isn't one.

Especially these two successive paragraphs are startling.

More recently, we have described ourselves as a "devices and services" company. While the devices and services description was helpful in starting our transformation, we now need to hone in on our unique strategy.

At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more.

What's the difference between "devices and services" and "mobile-first and cloud-first"?

That's the problem with vague, abstracted drivel from company executives. It's essentially homeopathic communication - so watered down it's essentially just water with zero medicinal effects.

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Its phase 1.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 10th Jul 2014 17:27 UTC
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Its broad and generic, but communicates that they are not a devices and services company anymore. The devices part are not implied by mobile and cloud.

The next letter that announces more specifics will refer back to this. Kind of like how the burning platform memo didn't reference windows phone, but set the stage for that announcement.

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RE: Its phase 1.
by 1c3d0g on Thu 10th Jul 2014 18:20 in reply to "Its phase 1. "
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You might be really onto something here. For fuck's sake, I hope M$ goes away with the Metro crap forever, bring the damned WinFS file system that everyone has been clamoring for since Longhorn and start paying a lot more attention/focus all their efforts on a coherent, pleasing GUI.

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RE[2]: Its phase 1.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 10th Jul 2014 18:31 in reply to "RE: Its phase 1. "
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Uh, I played with WinFS in one of the longhorn previews. It was pretty terrible, performance wise. I don't think they'll ever go back to it. Nor should they really.

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