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25 Jun 2015   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Microsoft has a new mission statement

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The end of Microsoft's fiscal year occurs on June 30th and it's around this time of the year that we see the company make large changes to its organizational structure as it prepares for the year ahead. With the company already announcing that a few executives will be leaving the company, Satya Nadella has sent out a company wide email with a new mission statement...

...Posted below is the entire letter obtained by Geekwire​

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Team,

I believe that we can do magical things when we come together with a shared mission, clear strategy, and a culture that brings out the best in us individually and collectively. Last week I shared how we are aligning our structure to our strategy. Today, I want to share more on the overall context and connective tissue between our mission, worldview, strategy and culture. 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.

Mission. Every great company has an enduring mission. Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. I’m proud to share that this is our new official mission statement. This mission is ambitious and at the core of what our customers deeply care about. We have unique capability in harmonizing the needs of both individuals and organizations. This is in our DNA. We also deeply care about taking things global and making a difference in lives and organizations in all corners of the planet.

Worldview. We must always ground our mission in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world. 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. That is why we think of these two trends together. What we do with our products and business models has to account for this fundamental transformation.

Strategy and ambitions. Our strategy is to build best-in-class platforms and productivity services for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Our platforms will harmonize the interests of end users, developers and IT better than any competing ecosystem or platform. We will realize our mission and strategy by investing in three interconnected and bold ambitions.

1. Reinvent productivity and business processes
2. Build the intelligent cloud platform
3. Create more personal computing

These ambitions utilize a unique set of assets that span productivity services, cloud platform, our device platform and our family of devices. There is an explicit path dependence on how we achieve the “inter-connectedness” between the various elements of our strategy to gain momentum.

· First, we will reinvent productivity services for digital work that span all devices. We will also extend our experience footprint by building more business process experiences, integrated into content authoring and consumption, communication and collaboration tools. We will drive scale and usage by appealing to “dual-use” customers, providing productivity services that enable them to accomplish more at work and in the rest of their life activities with other people.

· Second, all these experiences will be powered by our cloud platform – a cloud that provides our customers faster time to value, improved agility and cost reduction, and solutions that differentiate their business. We’ll further provide a powerful extensibility model that is attractive to third-party developers and enterprises. This in turn enables us to attract applications to our cloud platform and attach our differentiated capabilities such as identity management, rich data management, machine learning and advanced analytics.

· Finally, we will build the best instantiation of this vision through our Windows device platform and our devices, which will serve to delight our customers, increase distribution of our services, drive gross margin, enable fundamentally new product categories, and generate opportunity for the Windows ecosystem more broadly. We will pursue our gaming ambition as part of this broader vision for Windows and increase its appeal to consumers. We will bring together Xbox Live and our first-party gaming efforts across PC, console, mobile and new categories like HoloLens into one integrated play.

Strength across all the ambitions enables us to deliver high value to our customers while providing us with the ability to differentiate ourselves from our competitors.

Culture. Perhaps the most important driver of success is culture. Over the past year, we’ve challenged ourselves to think about our core mission, our soul — what would be lost if we disappeared. That work resulted in the mission, strategy and ambitions articulated above. However, we also asked ourselves, what culture do we want to foster that will enable us to achieve these goals?

We fundamentally believe that we need a culture founded in a growth mindset. It starts with a belief that everyone can grow and develop; that potential is nurtured, not predetermined; and that anyone can change their mindset. Leadership is about bringing out the best in people, where everyone is bringing their A game and finding deep meaning in their work. We need to be always learning and insatiably curious. We need to be willing to lean in to uncertainty, take risks and move quickly when we make mistakes, recognizing failure happens along the way to mastery. And we need to be open to the ideas of others, where the success of others does not diminish our own.

We have the opportunity to exercise our growth mindset every day in three distinct areas:

· Customer-obsessed. We will learn about our customers and their businesses with a beginner’s mind and then bring solutions that meet their needs. We will be insatiable in our desire to learn from the outside and bring that knowledge into Microsoft, while still innovating to surprise and delight our users.

· Diverse and inclusive. The world is diverse. We will better serve everyone on the planet by representing everyone on the planet. We will be open to learning our own biases and changing our behaviors so we can tap into the collective power of everyone at Microsoft. We don’t just value differences, we seek them out, we invite them in. And as a result, our ideas are better, our products are better and our customers are better served.

· One Microsoft. We are a family of individuals united by a single, shared mission. It’s our ability to work together that makes our dreams believable and, ultimately, achievable. We will build on the ideas of others and collaborate across boundaries to bring the best of Microsoft to our customers as one. We are proud to be part of team Microsoft.

If we do all of this, we will achieve our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet. Beyond that, we will make a difference and find deep meaning in our work. We stand in awe of what humans dare to achieve, and we are motivated every day to empower others to achieve more through our technology and innovation.

When we come together as a team, with our exceptional talent and the mindset of a learner, we will grow as individuals, we will grow as a team, we will grow with our customers and partners, we will grow our opportunity, and we will grow our business going forward. And, ultimately, we will grow the impact we have in the world.

We’ve already started this evolution with things like OneWeek and Hackathon, customer feedback loops, our focus on usage in the engineering teams, our performance review model, as well as our diversity and inclusion efforts including the new unconscious bias training. We will do more and more to support the culture we have and recognize impact when we see it.

A good example of our culture in action right now is the work around Windows. We have approached Windows 10 with a growth mindset and obsession for our customers. We have the opportunity to connect with 1.5 billion Windows customers in 190 countries around the globe. We aspire to move people from needing Windows to choosing Windows to loving Windows. … Certainly we want to upgrade as many of our current Windows 7 and 8.1 customers to Windows 10 as possible through our free upgrade offer. More than that, though, we see this as an opportunity to support and celebrate how people and communities upgrade their world every day. To that end, starting on July 29 when Windows 10 becomes available, employees are invited to volunteer some time and upgrade their communities as part of the broader movement. More details will be available in the coming weeks — our hope is that not only our employees, but customers and partners as well, will get involved and be inspired. Together, we can make a big difference in our world.

I believe that culture is not static. It evolves every day based on the behaviors of everyone in the organization. We are in an incredible position to seize new growth this year. We will need to innovate in new areas, execute against our plans, make some tough choices in areas where things are not working and solve hard problems in ways that drive customer value. I really do believe that we can achieve magical things when we come together as one team and focus. I’m looking forward to what we can achieve together in FY16.

Satya

Read more: Microsoft has a new mission statement and is about to make a few tough choices


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25 Jun 2015   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

This scares the living snot out of me. However, I've been expecting it ever since Nadella was chosen to replace Ballsmore (sic).

First, this assumption isn't even completely accurate:

Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world.

It would be completely true only if you were talking about just cell phones.

This next one is scary:

Our strategy is to build best-in-class platforms and productivity services for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

This tell me M$ writing off desktop users, including businesses. Not all computing can be done on mobile platforms.

This next one is pure fantasy:

Second, all these experiences will be powered by our cloud platform – a cloud that provides our customers faster time to value, improved agility and cost reduction, and solutions that differentiate their business.

Cost reduction and faster times my Aunt Fanny! In what universe will this be true? Most people do NOT have access to affordable, unlimited, RELIABLE, fast internet service. Even the fastest internet available can't even come close to Ethernet speeds. Nadella and the Board of Directors have their heads up their collective backsides, thinking what they see are clouds.

Nadella has already demonstrated that he is a bigger buffoon than Balmer with little to no concept of reality. For example, when Nadella was asked to give his advice for women wanting to ask for a raise, he said it's not about asking for raises, and that women should trust in the system to reward them as they go along. Not asking for a raise is "good karma," because someone will know that that's the kind of person he or she will want to trust. He had to eat those words with a big helping of crow.

I'm not say that cloud computing is evil or wrong. I'm saying Nadella and company have unrealistic expectations for it. What they envision cannot happen until the internet infrastructure improves dramatically. The present infrastructure simply will not be able to handle the traffic MS' vision will create.
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25 Jun 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I wonder how much money and time Microsoft is going to spend on improving the internet around the world to make all this happen.

Many places in the world just don't have the infrastructures to allow the speed and bandwidth to allow this Microsoft dream to happen.

The whole world would have to have fiber optics.
It takes me over 3 1/2 hours to download a update version to Windows 10 using DSL. Where I live, 30 miles away from Cleveland Ohio you can't even get fiber optics unless you are a government agency or a company worth millions and are willing to spend the money for a one user only installation.

A Indy race car can go over 300 mph but it can't on a farm road.
At the present time the internet in many parts of the world is still a farm road.

Of course I'm using PC's and they are not very portable. Cord lengths do have their limits.
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25 Jun 2015   #4
cmmtch

Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

Like most CEO's every time they have an initiative, mission statement, vision, whatever they want to call it most of it is vague and abstract with no concrete plans. The more talking they do it becomes apparent they really don't have a grasp in their own mind what is reality and what is fantasy.
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25 Jun 2015   #5
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Our strategy is to build best-in-class platforms and productivity services for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

This tell me M$ writing off desktop users, including businesses. Not all computing can be done on mobile platforms.
First off, very well written, Lady F. My thoughts exactly
Secondly, I wonder what devices M$ plans to use to write, test and debug future OSes. Tablets? Cellphones? Is the entire Redmond campus filled with nothing but mobile devices?
Third, I would love to know the business world's reaction to this. Or maybe the business sector has already made plans to move to Linux.

Perhaps Mr. Nadella lives in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. But a good chunk of us don't... and won't.
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25 Jun 2015   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I don't know but this is pretty slick,
Cutting edge PCs - Microsoft Windows

I'm more interested in Alienware though I thought this was cheap
Alienware 17 Notebook | Dell
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26 Jun 2015   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
I don't know but this is pretty slick,
Cutting edge PCs - Microsoft Windows...
If I was in the market for any of those, I would get the Asus or the Lenovo. The Lenovo would probably be easier to get into for hardware upgrades (assuming I could get into any of them) but the extra two hours of battery life on the Asus is attractive. However, less expensive notebooks meets my needs better. I use my notebooks almost exclusively for travel and as a temporary backup to my desktop. When traveling, the notebooks are more susceptible to theft so I prefer not to spend as much on them. They are also less attractive to thieves.
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26 Jun 2015   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OvenMaster View Post
...Perhaps Mr. Nadella lives in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. But a good chunk of us don't... and won't.
I agree. Another problem I have with cloud computing is it costs money. For a small business starting out, an up front expenditure for hardware and extra IT help can be avoided by using cloud data storage and backups although as storage requirements increase, so will cost. Businesses with more than one location will also benefit from connectivity via the cloud. For most of us, our needs are less stringent. To do everything from the cloud would slow me way down and cost me far more than using my own hardware and software would. Plus, there would be the occasional stoppages when the internet connection goes down (rare for me but others aren't always so lucky).

I do use cloud computing (besides internet surfing, shopping, banking, emails, occasional TV show streaming, etc.). The heaviest use is the cloud backup service I use. It's primarily used to supplement my offsite backups so I can quickly and completely recover from, God forbid, a complete loss of my data and my local backups. In a pinch, I could use it solely for complete recovery but that would take several weeks. There are faster plans—business plans—that are faster but cost way more per month than I pay per year. My basic home plan (aka, el cheapo) doesn't have geographic redundancy so, if the server my data is on ever goes down for whatever reason (highly unlikely, but not completely impossible), it's gone forever. Hence my own redundancy.

I do very little mobile computing somewhat because I have never needed it before and can get along without it but mostly because I simply can't afford it. My only cell phone is talk and text only (and I don't even text) and gets turned on only on the rare occasions I'm going to use it; it's primarily for emergencies only (I don't need or want to be tied to an electronic umbilical cord). I wouldn't mind having a smart phone (I would have one before having a tablet) but the monthly data plans are just too expensive for this old pensioner.

I would still like to see a business office use mobile devices to work with large spreadsheets, a day trader work from a tablet or a smart phone only, an architect design large buildings or bridges or an engineer design an ocean liner using 3D CAD on a mobile device connecting through the cloud. Our computers have been getting bigger, faster, with more RAM and CPU power to handle multitasking, more GPU power to allow for multiple monitors, and Satya Nutella (sic), et al, thinks all this work can be done cost effectively from mobile devices? Someone stop the world; I want to get off!
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26 Jun 2015   #9
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Even with a very expensive business Internet connection in this part of the world extensive cloud computing is not a viable option for many reasons.

For the everyday user here you may as well forget the cloud even exists because the connection is so slow most of the time watching a YouTube video is not possible and at times when it is after you have watched 2 or 3 you have went over your bandwidth quota and your already slow speed is capped right down to slower than dial up ! cloud is more like "pie in the sky"...
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27 Jun 2015   #10
jamis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

I ran a "Managed Services" business unit (pre-Cloud, but same concept) for small businesses, and while it was cost effective for them, it required a lot of work on our part to keep it secure. I'm waiting for the "giant hack" to hit one these cloud services and see the fall out from it.
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