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Microsoft CEO Hints at Organizational Changes

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who’s been in the position for just five months, sent an email to employees today, letting them know that changes are coming. Instead of focusing on “devices and services,” as the previous CEO Steve Ballmer had described the company’s mission, Nadella says the company will focus on “productivity and platforms.”

Nadella calls the current tech landscape a “mobile-first and cloud-first world.” In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Nadella said, “My message to employees is clear: let’s be bold and ambitious and really get behind the core that is unique to us.” According to the article, “He also made clear the company would change and slim down, and employees needed to get on board or get out.”

What specific changes will go into effect, Mr. Nadella wouldn’t discuss yet. He said he’d have more information to share on July 22, during the company’s quarterly report.

In the letter Nadella also defended the Xbox business, which some investors and analysts have suggested the company should sell off. “Bottom line, we will continue to innovate and grow our fan base with Xbox while also creating additive business value for Microsoft,” Mr. Nadella wrote.