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‘Uncharted territory’: What Satya Nadella is telling Microsoft employees about the COVID-19 outbreak

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‘Uncharted territory’: What Satya Nadella is telling Microsoft employees about the COVID-19 outbreak

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks on the Microsoft Build developer convention in Seattle in May 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked staff for his or her exhausting work and stated the corporate has a key function to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic in a company-wide e mail despatched Saturday.
The e mail, which additionally printed on LinkedIn, described the present disaster as “uncharted territory.”
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“Much is unknown, and I understand how unsettling and unsure this feels,” Nadella wrote. “Like a lot of you, there have been instances over the previous weeks the place it has felt overwhelming and all-encompassing for me. I fear in regards to the well being and security of my household, my co-workers, and buddies. My spouse and I fear for her growing old mother and father, who’re distant from us in India. I see the battle in our local people, and world wide, the empty streets and eating places, and I’m wondering when our social cloth will probably be restored.”
Nadella cited a number of examples of Microsoft merchandise getting used in the course of the disaster, equivalent to its Teams chat app, the Bing COVID-19 tracker, and the CDC’s Healthcare Bot. He name-checked fellow Seattle-area corporations together with Adaptive Biotechnologies and Icertis.
Nadella known as software program “essentially the most malleable instrument ever created” and stated it “has an enormous function to play throughout each business and world wide.”

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“Our distinctive function as a platform and instruments supplier permits us to attach the dots, deliver collectively an ecosystem of companions, and allow organizations of all sizes to construct the digital functionality required to deal with these challenges,” he wrote.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos additionally despatched a letter to staff Saturday. Bezos thanked staff and gave a bleak outlook for the close to future.
“Across the world, persons are feeling the financial results of this disaster, and I’m unhappy to let you know I predict issues are going to worsen earlier than they get higher,” Bezos wrote.
Microsoft inventory is down greater than 25 p.c this month. A survey from RBC confirmed that Microsoft companies equivalent to Azure, Skype for Business, and Microsoft Teams might assist the corporate climate the impression from COVID-19. Microsoft stated Thursday that its Teams software program noticed its each day energetic person depend rise greater than 37 p.c over the previous week, from 32 million to 44 million customers world wide.
The firm stated in February that it’s going to miss income steerage for its “More Personal Computing” enterprise phase, which incorporates Windows, because of the outbreak.
Microsoft was one of many first corporations to ask staff to make money working from home because the COVID-19 illness started spreading within the Seattle space. Two staff examined optimistic on March 6. The firm employs practically 54,000 folks within the Seattle area, most of them at its headquarters in Redmond, Wash.
Microsoft closed its retail shops earlier this week. It additionally moved its Build developer occasion in Seattle to an online-only occasion.

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