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Winds of change at Microsoft

It took a change of CEO but Microsoft is currently in transition mode. Executives are being moved around to new departments and Microsoft is doing “unMicrosoft things”. First example of the change seen at Microsoft: Microsoft has finally enabled the Office franchise on iOS and Android devices. Yes, you read right and it is a free app in which you can read documents, spreadsheets and presentations.  If you would like to be able to edit it, then you will need to purchase a license inside the app. “Microsoft is focused on delivering the cloud for everyone, on every device. It’s a unique approach...
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My Name is Nadella, Satya Nadella

My Name is Nadella, Satya Nadella
February 2014 will be a historic month in the history of Microsoft. Satya Nadella became the third CEO of the Redmond based company succeeding Steve Ballmer. Nadella is going to have his hands full as he needs to reposition Microsoft to a software company that is less reliant on enterprise software and more focused on consumer based software (hello Office on an iPad). Nadella becomes CEO at a time in which Microsoft is fighting for its life and future. Steve Ballmer put the brakes on innovation and growth by focusing on a Tablet that failed to live to expectations and ultimately bought Nokia to support...
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Windows 7 back by popular demand?

Over the weekend a very interesting story broke in technology circles. HP communicated to customers that they are able to acquire Desktop PC’s and Notebooks that have Windows 7 pre-installed as the operating system. That in itself is a big deal as it shows indirectly that the adoption of Windows 8 has been poor. Can you remember the last time a software company had partners that were selling devices with an older generation software? I can’t recall any previous occasions where this has occurred. Imagine the behind the scenes negotiation between HP and Microsoft. This may seem to be a small news...
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Microsoft to refocus Windows

Microsoft is not going into the housing industry or starting to do renovations, but the company has a problem. It is a symptom of their lack of leadership in key verticals that they have not been able to reduce a duplication of functionality. Consider the following – Microsoft currently has 3 different operating systems. There is the maker of millions and corner of success, called Windows. It is currently in its eighth version and is a critical part of global computing.  This is the one part of the business that is getting a lot of competition from tablets and Mac OS X which has now become...
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Microsoft to face its biggest changes in the next 6 months

The last few months have been interesting for Microsoft. In August, Microsoft announced that longtime CEO, Steve Ballmer will be “retiring”. The retiring in all honesty reads like a revolt against him that was driven by shareholders. Ballmer got the keys to the Microsoft kingdom from Bill Gates in January 2000,  but in reality did nothing to build on the momentum that the Microsoft founder left.  Think about it – what did Ballmer do? Ballmer’s replacement will be a sign to shareholders – and  the entire technology industry – what Microsoft has planned for the next 2 to 5 years. Are...
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