July 28, 2013
I’ve been trying to read Steve Ballmer’s rambling missive on Microsoft’s reorg without falling asleep, and finally made it after the third try. While there were moments of clarity in the letter, they were obscured by corporate-speak and bizarre, meandering asides.
I wondered: How would this letter look if we took out all the non-essentials? Well, here’s my attempt.
From: Steve Ballmer
To: Microsoft - All Employees
Date: July 11, 2013, 6 a.m.
Subject: One Microsoft
Today, we are announcing a reorganization.
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 made in the world is undeniable. I am inspired when new hires say they chose Microsoft because they want to change the world.