Microsoft’s Nadella Pushes ‘One Microsoft’ Concept – Investopedia
Old guard tech titan Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has debuted its latest software bundle in a larger effort to unite its business units under its “One Microsoft” initiative, including the streamlining of its products and refocus on the high-growth cloud computing space.
Microsoft 365 is an all-in-one software package that offers Windows and Office with security and mobile-device management for enterprise clients. The offering comes in two options, one for large organizations and one for small-to-medium-size businesses, who will gain access to new apps such as an email marketing service, professional invoices and a mileage tracking app.
We Are ‘One’
The product launch reflects Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Satya Nadella’s larger push to get the company’s divisions to work more closely and streamline its products. With the new easy-to-buy software package, Nadella seeks to provide a boost to Microsoft products that aren’t as widely used while leveraging the tech giant’s dominant operating system and productivity applications.
Under Nadella, who took the helm at Microsoft three years ago, the firm has focused on selling more software through subscriptions and building out its Azure cloud segment. On Monday, Microsoft also announced that it has moved the release of its Azure Stack business software to September, as opposed to previously promised mid-2017. Azure Stack offers enterprises the flexibility of the hybrid cloud, allowing them to run some of Microsoft’s cloud technology on-premise. (See also: Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Revenue Estimated at $3B.)
While Microsoft hones in on the increasingly competitive cloud space, where it heads off against ecommerce giant Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Amazon Web Services (AWS), the firm has decided to cut thousands of jobs in a larger workforce reorganization. Earlier this month, Microsoft slashed its sales force by about 10% as it prioritizes its pay-as-you-go cloud service and reorients its sales staff to focus on specific markets. (See also: Microsoft Job Cuts Are for Its Own Good: Stifel.)