Microsoft used to have a succinct mission statement: Put "a computer on every desk and in every home."
Its new one is more of a mouthful. Outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer called it out in his final shareholder letter
, which is part of Microsoft's Annual Report for 2013
, which the company published on its investor site on October 7. Ballmer used last year's letter to shareholders to communicate the idea that Microsoft planned to morph from a software company to a devices and services company
Microsoft's new corporate mission
for 2013 and beyond is "to create a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most."