Microsoft CEO Hints at More Windows-Powered Devices, Cortana on the Desktop

Satya Nadella talked about the company's future plans in a memo sent to employees

By Bogdan Popa on July 11th, 2014 07:55 GMT

Satya Nadella is really serious about making Microsoft a truly powerful technology company that could develop powerful solutions not only in the software business, but also in hardware and cloud services, and in a memo sent to employees yesterday he offered a hint at what's to come for customers.

As you most likely know if you're a Microsoft enthusiast, Redmond executives do not comment on future projects, but information that arrived via unofficial channels revealed that the company is already working on several exciting things, including a smartwatch and a desktop version of the Cortana personal assistant.

Nadella indeed offered some hints in his email for employees that Windows is positioned to arrive “on screens of all sizes,” while the company is investing to make the operating system benefit from new input methods, such as voice.

Microsoft already had a strategy that was supposed to bring “Windows everywhere,” so Satya Nadella actually reiterated this plan by explaining that the company's operating system would soon be offered on screens of many more sizes, including smaller and bigger.

“Our Windows device OS and first-party hardware will set the bar for productivity experiences. Windows will deliver the most rich and consistent user experience for digital work and life scenarios on screens of all sizes – from phones, tablets and laptops to TVs and giant 82 inch PPI boards,” Nadella explained.

“We will invest so that Windows is the most secure, manageable and capable OS for the needs of a modern workforce and IT. Windows will create a broad developer opportunity by enabling Universal Windows Applications to run across all device targets. Windows will evolve to include new input/output methods like speech, pen and gesture and ultimately power more personal computing experiences.”

Satya Nadella revealed that the “new Microsoft” is only focused on the customer, so many of the future products will be tweaked in such a way that they would better address feedback.

The thing has been said pretty much with every single product launch in the last few months after Nadella took over from Steve Ballmer, which makes it very clear that the new CEO wants the company to get closer to users and deliver the services that they want and need.

Additionally, he also moved away from Steve Ballmer's “devices and services” approach, explaining that Microsoft has what it takes to become a mobile-first, cloud-first company that's very active in some of the key areas of the IT business.
Nadella says Microsoft must become a mobile-first, cloud-first company
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