Microsoft has a new mission statement, and it’s basically the same as its old one

Satya Nadella.

In the run-up to Microsoft’s new financial year (the current one ends when the month does), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent a companywide e-mail to lay out the company’s direction for the next year and beyond.

The e-mail, exclusively reproduced by GeekWire sets out a new mission statement for the company: “[T]o empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” Nadella elaborates further, saying that Microsoft has a “unique capability in harmonizing the needs of both individuals and organizations” and that its employees “deeply care about taking things global and making a difference in lives and organizations in all corners of the planet.”

The new mission statement doesn’t seem to be a million miles away from the mission described by Nadella’s predecessor, Steve Ballmer. In 2013 Ballmer wrote that Microsoft was to “create 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.”

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