Microsoft CEO says he’ll sell all software by 2021
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Tuesday that he will sell all Microsoft products by 2021, including the Xbox console.
Nadella also said Microsoft is planning to continue to build out the Azure cloud, which Microsoft acquired in April.
He said the company will use that cloud for its own products and for cloud-based services.
The Xbox console will be one of those services.
The announcement came just days after Nadell made the boldest statement yet about the future of Microsoft.
The company, he said, “will have to reinvent itself.”
The new statement comes as the company continues to battle with antitrust lawsuits and a backlash from consumers, many of whom are demanding Microsoft turn over control of its cloud services to them.
Nadello said Tuesday his goal is to bring Microsoft into the cloud.
Microsoft has been in the midst of a major restructuring, a process that is underway as it seeks to shift its business from the PC to the cloud and from a Windows-based PC to a cloud-connected Xbox console and other products.
Nadesville says the company is working on a new strategy to bring those services to the Xbox One console.
The move comes as Nadeyas new leadership team is trying to navigate the company’s ongoing restructuring.CEO Satya nadella at a company event in March.
(Photo: AP)Microsoft has faced a string of challenges, including an ongoing investigation into its security practices and the death of founder Bill Gates, who died in a car crash in May.
Nesco, who took over as CEO on Nov. 1, also has been criticized for not doing enough to address corporate social responsibility.
Last week, Nesoc said the cloud was the “gold standard” for cloud computing.
“We believe that the cloud is the best solution for us, and we want to continue that leadership,” he said.
Microsoft announced its next generation Xbox console at a conference in April and unveiled a slew of hardware and software features.
But Nadelas most significant change has been a push toward cloud-centric services.
Microsoft is offering cloud services, such as Microsoft Azure, in both the Xbox and Windows business platforms, as well as in the Xbox Live online gaming service.