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July 16, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Nadella stresses productivity, dual-user, and cross-platform goals in WPC keynote

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emphasized his productivity, dual-user and cross-platform goals in his keynote this morning at the Worldwide Partner Conference being held in Washington, D.C.

(A replay of the keynote is available here.)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Photo from Microsoft)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Photo from Microsoft)

Nadella, speaking before an audience of thousands of Microsoft partners from around the world, talked of his vision of building great experiences for “dual users” — people who use technology for both work and the rest of their lives.

It starts with building “great experiences individually” for products including Outlook, Skype and OneDrive, he said. But “it’s not just about any one of these applications. It’s not the application silos themselves. We are building an operating system for human activity across all of their daily lives, across all of their devices. Simply saying BYOD (bring your own device) is not enough. We have to harmonize this dual usage.”

By “all of their devices,” Nadella wasn’t just talking about Windows devices.

Nadella, who has already released Office for iPademphasized his cross-platform aspirations.

He wants to see icons for Microsoft services and apps on all screens, from smartphones to smart TVs.

“They’re all entry points for us as an ecosystem,” he said. “So that means we get to have an opportunity to be able to have anyone entering from any device into our ecosystem.”

Nadella talked briefly about his goals for first-party Windows hardware as being “optimized for productivity experiences” and (in a bid to reassure hardware partners) as a spur to “stimulate demand for the entire ecosystem.”

He also spoke about “making Windows stand out as the most personal computing experience” with user interfaces such as touch, gesture and speech recognition.

And he talked about the company’s cloud OS, tools for developers, and gave a demonstration of Skype Translator, a real-time conversation translator that will be released in beta form later this year.

Nadella alluded to big changes coming to the company — saying all the things he had talked about will happen only “if we are successful in renewing our culture” — but didn’t get into specifics of how that renewal would happen.

He said the company would show boldness and “courage in the face of opportunity.”

Earlier in the morning’s keynote address, presenter Tony Prophet, a Microsoft corporate vice president of Windows Marketing, showed a slide with some statistics related to Windows, including the stat that there are 1.5 billion Windows devices (including older desktop PCs as well as Windows phones and tablets).

Here’s the slide:

Slide on Windows platform, presented at Worldwide Partner Conference 2014. (Screenshot of slide from Microsoft)

Slide on Windows platform, presented at Worldwide Partner Conference 2014. (Screenshot of slide from Microsoft)

Prophet did not offer any news on future Windows releases.

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