Feeds

Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

Six-pager sent to human race, cc Redmond staff

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has sent a six-page memo to the world warning of a company restructure at the end of the month.

The open letter uses buzzwords and cliches to sugar-coat the news that he will tear up the Windows giant's approach to flogging devices and services.

Instead, the biz will focus on building "productivity" software for all – think MS Office on Google Android, for instance.

In fact, the big cheese used the word "productivity" on 20 occasions in the letter. Nadella pledged to make products such as personal assistant Cortana, Skype and Office 365 essential parts of daily life.

"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," Nadella wrote.

"We have a rich heritage and a unique capability around building productivity experiences and platforms. We help people get stuff done. Stuff like term papers, recipes and budgets."

Wes Miller, research vice-president at Directions on Microsoft, told The Register the IT goliath is shifting away from its decades-old a-PC-running-Windows solution to everything. For example, the cloud-heavy Office for iPad has emerged, and the Windows Azure cloud was rebranded Microsoft Azure and now supports Android app development.

"[With] the first example of Office for the iPad, you're playing on the strength of a service to go to heterogeneous platforms, and you're doing it in a way, from Microsoft's accounting perspective, that doesn't cost anything more," Miller said.

In the short term, however, a fresh round of pink slips are likely on the way. The biz employs 127,000 worldwide.

"Going into the Nokia acquisition, you had to know there were going to be some redundancies," Miller told us.

"You had a lot of duplication across the Windows team, the Windows Phone team and the incoming Nokia team."

But Microsoft is unlikely to abandon its games console gear, phones and Surface tablets. Nadella, writing in his memo, reaffirmed the corp's commitment to the Xbox, and Miller believes that the company will similarly back Surface in the coming years.

Nadella said the particulars of the restructure are still being decided, and will be announced on 22 July when the company posts its latest quarterly earnings. In the meantime, speculation will abound on who will be spared and who will be cut. ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
No biggie: EMC's XtremIO firmware upgrade 'will wipe data'
But it'll have no impact and will be seamless, we're told
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.