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Memo from Steve Ballmer to Microsoft Employees: Let's go!

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By , Network World
July 11, 2013 12:55 PM ET
Steve Ballmer
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Network World - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today announced a reorganization
of the company around four areas: operating systems; devices and studios;
applications and services; and cloud and enterprise.

He says in a memo to all Microsoft Employees that the
reshuffling will give priority to corporate custom

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The sweeping changes will be phased in over the rest of
2013, keeping existing teams that are in charge of Windows 8.1, Xbox One,
Windows Phone and other top-priority products firing on all cylinders until a
smooth transition can be made, he says.

After the reorganization teams that span groups will be in
charge of key technologies and services with each team headed by a champion who
reports directly to Ballmer or to someone else who reports directly to Ballmer.

“We will also have outgrowths on those major initiatives
that may involve only a single product group,” he says. “Certainly, succeeding
with mobile devices, Windows, Office 365 and Azure will be foundational. Xbox
and Bing will also be key future contributors to financial success.”

Here’s the full note Ballmer sent to employees to describe
the reorganization:

From: Steve Ballmer

To: Microsoft - All Employees

Date: July 11, 2013, 6 a.m.

Subject: One Microsoft

Today, we are announcing a far-reaching realignment of the
company that will enable us to innovate with greater speed, efficiency and
capability in a fast changing world.

Today’s announcement will enable us to execute even better
on our strategy to deliver a family of devices and services that best empower
people for the activities they value most and the enterprise extensions and
services that are most valuable to business.

This company has always had a big vision — to help people realize
their full potential. In the earliest days, it was by putting a PC on every
desk and in every home. We’ve come farther than we could have imagined. The
impact we have collectively made on the world is undeniable, and I am inspired
when talented new hires say they chose Microsoft because they want to change
the world — that’s what we do today, and that’s what we’ll do tomorrow. 

Sharpening Our Strategy

About a year ago, we embarked on a new strategy to realize
our vision, opening the devices and services chapter for Microsoft. We made
important strides — launching Windows 8 and Surface, moving to continuous
product cycles, bringing a consistent user interface to PCs, tablets, phones
and Xbox — but we have much more to do.

Going forward, our
strategy will focus on creating a family of devices and services for
individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at
work and on the go, for the activities they value most. 

We will do this by leveraging our strengths. We have powered
devices for many years through Windows PCs and Xbox. We have delivered
high-value experiences through Office and other apps. And, we have enabled
enterprise value through products like Windows Server and Exchange. The form of
delivery shifts to a broader set of devices and services versus packaged
software. The frontier of high-value scenarios we enable will march outward,
but we have strengths and proven capabilities on which we will draw.

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