At 10am Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -8, in just less than an hour from this posting), Satya Nadella will speak at a press event in front of gathered journalists in San Francisco, reportedly to announce the introduction of Office for iPad. Microsoft has posted a viewer for the webcast at their Microsoft News Center site (although with no embed code). You can watch the webcast live here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/mar14/03-27webcast.aspx.
Mary Jo Foley reported yesterday that Nadella will also introduce an “Enterprise Mobility Suite” at the event, according to her sources:
That suite, a licensing bundle known as the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), is for large enterprise customers who need to manage centrally iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Windows devices and more, according to sources of mine who’ve requested anonymity.
EMS will provide a way for enterprises to acquire several Microsoft technologies for bring your own device (BYOD) scenarios, my tipsters say. Included in the suite are Windows Intune, a new Microsoft Azure Active Directory ‘Premium’ offering and Azure Rights Management Services.
The suite would allow enterprise customers to manage iPads, presumably loaded with Office for iPad, in the same way they’re now able to manage Windows devices.
Nadella has not yet given a speech in public as CEO, although he did keynote a gathering over 120 senior executives recently, according to Re/code. There, Nadella was candid about Microsoft’s need for change:
Sources in attendance at the gathering said they welcomed Nadella’s message to the top troops, a message which was more forthright about Microsoft’s challenges than usual.
In fact, Nadella told the execs the software giant needed to behave more like “challengers” than followers in a number of different key digital arenas, such as mobile.
“Satya was basically saying we can’t just assume we can dominate,” said one exec attendee. “It’s a very different world out there that moves a lot faster than we have in the past.”
The new CEOs next appearance may be coming as soon as next week’s Build conference, also in San Francisco, although an appearance there hasn’t yet been confirmed.