By Andrew Horne
In a leaked internal e-mail following the unexpected departure of executive Kevin Johnson, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer outlined company objectives for the year ahead: growth of Windows, the development of software plus services, and an improved user experience.
Work on both software and software plus services is on the docket for 2009. Ballmer announced a campaign to promote Vista, now that several problems in the system appear to have been ironed out. He also mentioned the disturbed computing ‘Cloud’ architecture as a major area of interest going forward. Look for more details to coincide with October’s Professional Developers Conference.
Despite the great emphasis on new rich client interfaces like Silverlight, Ballmer promised to “redefine the meaning and value” of established Windows clients. He urged more WPF-style development. Microsoft alone will not secure the growth it hopes for in the operating system, he said. “We also have to drive developers to create rich applications for Windows.”