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

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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by tylerdurden on Thu 10th Jul 2014 22:11 UTC
tylerdurden
Member since:
2009-03-17

It's basically your standard boilerplate, corporatespeak, PR job. Every large corporation does exactly the same, no sane employee wastes time on them, and indeed if you read these things with the right eyes it's obvious how naked the emperor is.

But what's the point of focusing on Microsoft, other than clickbait?

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kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

But what's the point of focusing on Microsoft, other than clickbait?


Because if he doesn't, other people would accuse him of being an Apple fanboy? Not that they'd notice.

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delta0.delta0 Member since:
2010-06-01

Exactly this - its very generic pr speak, but I am hoping this new CEO fires all of the shills and the ass hats running around spreading misinformation about their competitors and actually concentrates on producing good tech.

The Microsoft of old (under Balmer and Gates) was a terrible company I am just hoping he can bring some decency, respect and honour to the company. Time will tell ...

I personally don't see Microsoft being anywhere near its current size in 10 years, I reckon they will be a behind the scenes player like IBM too big to die out / fail but not able to compete with the constant influxes of technology being developed in the Linux / open source world. Which is why I don't see them dominating either Mobile or Cloud - I just dont see where the company is heading..

Xbox 1 isn't a complete failure they saved it from the brink, but its being dominated by the PS4.

Windows Phone, I am seeing more of them around, but no where near the same as iphones and android phones. Its again being dominated here..

they still dominate corporate email / Authentication and Desktops AKA Exchange/AD and Windows Desktops.

Other than that I just dont see what they have to offer its all just Meh...

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chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

Windows Phone, I am seeing more of them around, but no where near the same as iphones and android phones. Its again being dominated here..
Windows Phone is not doing well. It is facing declining market share lately.

http://bgr.com/2014/07/01/windows-phone-market-share-3/

In the US, WP went from 4.7% to 3.6% YoY. Worst region was China, where their previous 3% market share was almost completely wiped out, now at 0.6%.

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