Microsoft Now a Devices and Services Company; Executive Pay Chart; Announces Holiday Store in Times Square & Michigan Avenue

Microsoft on October 9, announced two new holiday stores which are scheduled to open on October 26 in New York City's Times Square and at the Shops at North Bridge in Chicago. Adding, "a total of 34 U.S. and Canadian holiday stores will be opening on Oct. 26, to give customers a selection of Microsoft […]

Microsoft on October 9, announced two new holiday stores which are scheduled to open on October 26 in New York City's Times Square and at the Shops at North Bridge in Chicago.

Adding, "a total of 34 U.S. and Canadian holiday stores will be opening on Oct. 26, to give customers a selection of Microsoft technologies offering choice, value and service."

"These stores will carry a variety of Microsoft-enabled products and offerings, in addition to Answer Desk services. Customers can learn how to get the most out of their software, as well as personalize their Microsoft devices," Jeff Meisner posted on Microsoft blog.

Also, CEO Steve Ballmer in a Shareholder letter projected Microsoft officially as a "devices and services company." According to Ballmer, devices and services impact the way the company is run and how new experiences are developed.

"Last year in this letter I said that over time, the full value of our software will be seen and felt in how people use devices and services at work and in their personal lives. This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves -- as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses. The work we have accomplished in the past year and the roadmap in front of us brings this to life," Ballmer stated in the letter.

Microsoft wants a customer to get a stunning device right out of the box, already connected to unique communications, productivity and entertainment services from Microsoft along with services and apps from partners. In the letter, Ballmer touts Windows 8 and Office 2013 as a step forward in this direction. Here is what Microsoft's foucs is -- from the letter:

  • "Developing new form factors that have increasingly natural ways to use them including touch, gestures and speech.
  • Making technology more intuitive and able to act on our behalf instead of at our command with machine learning.
  • Building and running cloud services in ways that unleash incredible new experiences and opportunities for businesses and individuals.
  • Firmly establishing one platform, Windows, across the PC, tablet, phone, server and cloud to drive a thriving ecosystem of developers, unify the cross-device user experience, and increase agility when bringing new advancements to market.
  • Delivering new scenarios with life-changing improvements in how people learn, work, play and interact with one another," Ballmer noted in the letter.

Also, in the Proxy statement for Microsoft's fiscal 2012, which was published ahead of annual shareholder meeting on November 28, includes detailed information on how its top "named executive officers" were graded and compensated.

Here's this year's comparative compensation chart from the proxy (via):

Microsoft Proxy statement for fiscal 2012: Top Executive Compensation summary Table

You can find the full statment here.