To help explain the unexplainable, I did a ton of media, and the topic will figure front and centre on my weekly Clicked In segment on CTV News Channel. If you're in Canada, it's on live every Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. Eastern. If you're elsewhere, hit up this link for archived videos from CTV News.
I also wrote this piece for Yahoo Canada Finance: Why did Microsoft go so wrong on mobile?
Beyond the obvious story, though, there's a brewing sub-theme around the somewhat disjointed way the company chooses to communicate.* CEO Satya Nadella sent out this message to all employees on Thursday morning, Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture. Earlier this month, he penned this equally weighty email, Bold Ambition & Our Core. Now, Microsoft is taking it on the chin from a number of sources in media over the dubious effectiveness and perceived insensitivity of its messaging. Here's a sample:
- Microsoft Just Laid Off Thousands of Employees With a Hilariously Bad Memo (New York Magazine)
- Op-Ed: Microsoft layoff e-mail typifies inhuman corporate insensitivity (ArsTechnica)
- Microsoft’s New CEO Needs An Editor (Monday Note)
In the meantime, I'm headed to the studio. See y'all at 7:15.
* Disclosure: I worked there once upon a time, and multi-thousand-word emails from on high were a regular thing. Decoding the between-the-lines messaging was as popular then as it apparently is now, and it seems the folks who pen them continue to really like sending long, winding messages to lots of people. I'm not sure whether bonus size correlates to email length.