Microsoft CEO restates commitment to Xbox

Company "will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox"

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlined his vision for the company and its Xbox division in a lengthy memo distributed to employees Thursday.


Nadella described Microsoft's core as "the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more."

The CEO dedicated a chunk of his more than 3,000-word letter to Xbox as Microsoft's gaming division. He did not mention the Xbox One or Xbox 360 consoles specifically.

I also want to share some additional thoughts on Xbox and its importance to Microsoft. As a large company, I think it's critical to define the core, but it's important to make smart choices on other businesses in which we can have fundamental impact and success.

The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming. We are fortunate to have Xbox in our family to go after this opportunity with unique and bold innovation. Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. Xbox is one of the most-revered consumer brands, with a growing online community and service, and a raving fan base.

We also benefit from many technologies flowing from our gaming efforts into our productivity efforts - core graphics and NUI in Windows, speech recognition in Skype, camera technology in Kinect for Windows, Azure cloud enhancements for GPU simulation and many more. Bottom line, we will continue to innovate and grow our fan base with Xbox while also creating additive business value for Microsoft.

While today many people define mobile by devices, Microsoft defines it by experiences. We're really in the infant stages of the mobile-first world. In the next few years we will see many more new categories evolve and experiences emerge that span a variety of devices of all screen sizes. Microsoft will be on the forefront of this innovation with a particular focus on dual users and their needs across work and life.

Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox.

Earlier in the letter, Nadella gave a nod to Project Spark as one of many ways that Microsoft helps "people get stuff done" - in this case, "building a game with a spark of your imagination and remixing it with the world".

Nadella said in May that he had "no intent to do anything different with Xbox than we are doing today" in response to speculation that the company may sell its gaming division.

Nadella was appointed Microsoft's new CEO in February. He joined the company in 1992 and previously managed the Cloud and Enterprise group, one of its fastest growing sectors.