Microsoft to renew focus on Office

Last week, this blog covered a letter that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella issued to his employees, promising major changes. He cited a need to “visibly change our culture” to offer better systems and services.

A recent CITEworld article examined Nadella’s letter more closely and pulled out several interesting comments and surmised what they could mean. One of the most prominent is a renewed focus of the impact of productivity.

“At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world,” Nadella wrote. “We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more.”

The article points out that this seems to mean a bigger push when it comes to the Microsoft Office suite and prioritizing the software ahead of the Windows platform. The reason is that because of the growing impact of mobile computing, Windows has lost some of its earning power, but Office is as strong as ever. The suite has made a major splash on Apple’s iOS platform and will be coming to Android soon as well. The piece goes as far as to call it the “king of productivity tools.”

Microsoft is starting to focus more on software that can be accessed on multiple devices, even ones that are not put out by the company itself.

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