Nadella’s Bold New Microsoft: Flatter Org, Leaner Process For ‘Smart, Curious, Ambitious’ People

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has his work cut out for him. Although Microsoft is still one of the most important tech companies in the world, the company’s dominance is slipping as technology evolves rapidly. The company’s old product paradigms simply don’t work anymore, and Microsoft has appeared out of touch and confused at times when it comes to key areas such as mobile and the not-quite-right and relatively unpopular Windows 8 operating system.

Nadella sent a lengthy (really, really lengthy) memo to all Microsoft employees espousing his values for the company moving forward, and he has a grand vision.

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For starters, he’s throwing out any affection for tradition and is embracing innovation, with a strong emphasis on mobile and the cloud. “We live in a mobile-first and cloud-first world. Computing is ubiquitous and experiences span devices and exhibit ambient intelligence,” he wrote.

He’s also well aware that the Internet of Things will see mobile and the cloud merge in powerful ways: “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.”

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Although perhaps it seems a subtle distinction, Nadella is actively moving on from Microsoft’s description of itself as a “devices and services” company, describing it as the “productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.”

One big piece of his picture is putting individuals, groups, and organizations at the center of their own computing experiences, enabling us to be more productive and better served by our technology. The foundation will be a “platform mindset”, where Microsoft’s developers and partners will create better Microsoft-based experiences for all.

Yet at the same time, he wants Microsoft to make it so platform matters less; people need to be at the center of computing, and as they move around, they shouldn’t lose their content and should still be able to enjoy rich computing experiences.

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Cortana is getting a lot of internal attention; Nadella clearly believes she (it?) is an important piece of the puzzle going forward. If Cortana is the front end of the unified computing experience, then Microsoft’s cloud is the backend. In addition to offering plenty of options and features for businesses, Nadella said “Our cloud OS will also run all of Microsoft's digital work and life experiences, and we will continue to grow our datacenter footprint globally.“

Windows will continue to be a core focus for Microsoft going forward, as well, which is no surprise. Nadella believes that it can be expanded for all sorts of platforms and applications, and the company will continue to develop new kinds of input methods for it such as speech, pen, and gesture.

Xbox will also remain a major focus for the company. It’s a mature platform, and there remains a lot of room for innovation, and many of Microsoft’s other products inform Xbox and vice versa, such as Skype, Kinect, and so on.

In terms of culture, Nadella wants to see that evolve. He wants to “obsess” over Microsoft customers, and he wants his teams to be more efficient, more accountable, and communicate more freely. “I am committed to making Microsoft the best place for smart, curious, ambitious people to do their best work,” he wrote.

One thing is certain; Satya Nadella has a vision for the future of Microsoft, and he’s looking forward, not back.
Via:  Microsoft
Comments
RMedley 4 months ago

This is actually quite funny as the real problem with Microsoft for several years now has been there generally a day late and a dollar short. I remember at one of their local IT professional conferences I was at several years ago now when they were all a bother with Windows Azure and it was going to be the next big thing, and the cloud was gonna be there's, there new windows phone was on the way etc. then me and several of the people tried to explain to them that they were already 2 years late because Apple and Android already owned this market on the mobile end and on the corporate end it was GOOGLE and several other companies that they needed to make sure they were compatible/accessible most likely on the Android side of things. They told us basically the same thing this CEO just said. Of course it was under another CEO at the time etc but the message was the same and as I said this was 3.5 years ago at least.

I wish them the best and maybe they can do something about it but I expect them to be in the same place in 5 years unless they make some serious changes to their whole project management concept.

This also reminds me of AT&T when I was working for them in developmental field implementation of a product and me and several others told them they needed to first and especially if they were using a cellular inbound communications backbone needed to have their internal "on site" (Homes as no business would accept this as it stands then or now (although it has been 6 months since I have worked with the product I bet nothing has changed significantly), because there wireless protocol's were wireless G or older and the internal conflicts and basically flooding of all the devices was at best 50/50 not to mention walls etc, which going to an alarm or notification system of any type of alerting system is just backwards.

Of course the novelty at that time sold some of the product at least internally. I have not seen anything about it at all on TV locally since before I left.

Anyway my point being these behemoth companies mostly anyway take way too long to react in todays world and market as the technology outpaces them by the time they release anything. Google does well with it but they were born much later and there used to and generally ahead of the market at least to a decent degree.

I also do not understand why a Giant the size of Microsoft takes so long to release something to the point it is usually (Minus this last iteration of the XBOX) after someone else has released better end product in many states. Luckily they own a large part of the desktop and personal computer market for now to keep them going but if they keep going it will catch up to them unless they do do something at least semi radical to there development cycle or something.

As for AT&T I really hope they realize before GOOGLE, VERIZON, and COMMIECAST get the larger at least metropolitan areas wired with their FIBRE and COAX as UVERSE and there DSL just cannot compete with my smartphone on there own network for network throughput, and no AT&T that does not mean that cellular only is the future of this unless you already have the 4th main iteration of LTE implemented and active somewhere no one yet knows about. You need to put a FIBRE backbone everywhere you have a copper/phone line period because if you do not you will be gone in 15 years at least if not shorter as a residential provider of communications and most likely television as well no matter how big you are.

For Microsoft I do not know what they're going to do as at least the initial backbone of this mobile/ smart/ cloud world is already decided and you're just catching the crumbs behind the parade! If you do not at least solidify on your OS's up front (I think you should have kept WIN 7 as your main for another year and worked on implementing mobile to it slowly and not that in your face way it was done with WIN 8) rather than their current every other OS way of doing it for the last 3 implementations anyway.

Ricofrost 4 months ago

I have liked what he has done so far. I can see good things coming from the changes. I love the idea of getting one OS on all devices and the vision of what they want to do, it works for me.

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