This year promises to be one of the most important for Microsoft in a while, as the company gets ready to release its new Windows 10 platform in just a few more weeks. That launch is sure to set the stage for the rest of the year’s developments, but what then? How can Microsoft take that momentum and put it to best advantage in 2016? In a newly leaked internal email, CEO Satya Nadella lays out Microsoft’s mission statement going forward.
Officially, Microsoft’s mission is to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”
To do this, the company will put its focus on development of mobile technologies with an emphasis on the cloud. Doing this will allow Microsoft to offer users an inter-connected software experience unlike they’ve known before – and efforts like Continuum sound exactly like what Microsoft has in mind here.
Specific areas Microsoft intends to address include productivity services, powerful and extensible cloud connectivity, and ensuring that computing still feels personal to users.
Nadella invokes the “lean in” mentality, saying that Microsoft needs to take risks and be ready to make mistakes, while also learning from the successes of others. The company will seek out diversity while trying to stay focused as a team.
In the end there’s nothing very surprising here, and the way Nadella shines the spotlight on mobile-first usage is just the way the industry’s going. Will Microsoft be spry enough to keep up? We’ll find out in 2016.