Microsoft CEO Nadella Lays Out Mission in Internal Memo

In a memo to employees on Thursday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spelled out his mission for the company: "to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more." Microsoft will also aim to "reinvent" productivity and business processes, build an intelligent cloud platform and create a more personal computing experience for its users, he said.

Nadella's vision statement comes just a week after the company announced major leadership changes in which four top executives will be stepping down. They include former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop; Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions; Eric Rudder, executive vice president of Advanced Technology & Education; and Chief Insights Officer Mark Penn.

Those changes were part of the company's efforts to align its structure to its strategy, Nadella noted in the memo, which was obtained and published by GeekWire. He added that he was sending the message because "It is critical that we start the new fiscal year with this shared vision on what we can do and who we want to become." We contacted a Microsoft spokesperson who confirmed the validity of the memo, which was not officially released by the company.

Focus on 'Mobility of Experiences'

Woven throughout Nadella's memo was an emphasis on Microsoft's place in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. "[T]he transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world," Nadella said. "It's important to note that our worldview for mobile-first is not just about the mobility of devices; it's centered on the mobility of experiences that, in turn, are orchestrated by the cloud."

The company should aim to appeal to "dual-use" customers by helping them improve their productivity both at work and "in the rest of their life activities with other people," Nadella said.

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