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    Ian2

    "Focus on Innovation"

    As Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role. He joined Microsoft 22 years ago because he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he says, "aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance."

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/ceo/index.html

    + Steve Ballmer's Memo to employees:

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/feb14/02-04mail1.aspx

    + Bill Gates' Intro:

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    dentaku

    Wow, Bill might be getting more involved in the company now.

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    Ian2

    @dentaku:  A third of his time going forward apparently.  (And interestingly his 'last day at Microsoft' video on YouTube has gone!)

    (Although this bootleg is still up)

    "Lets get this straight .. you can retire, and then un-retire?"

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    TexasToast

    They are saying on CNBC that Bill Gates will be a partner with Nadella.   Bill cannot let his baby go (and why should he) and wants to get the company rolling again.   He just cannot step back into it fulltime with saving the world from poverty and polio.   This does not reflect poorly on Nadella,  but Bill Gates just needed someone he could trust and somewhat control to do his agenda.   I am looking forward to this as the next best thing to Bill running the show himself.   

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    felix9

    ScottGu is, for now, the "interim" Cloud & Enterprise Executive Vice President at Microsoft

    http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-appoints-scott-guthrie-new-cloud-and-enterprise-chief-7000025973/

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    RealBboy360

    , felix9 wrote

    ScottGu is, for now, the "interim" Cloud & Enterprise Executive Vice President at Microsoft

    http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-appoints-scott-guthrie-new-cloud-and-enterprise-chief-7000025973/

    Well basically like I said before, a good CEO will just listen to him, and I'm sure this guy will or already does.

    As for Bill Gates or Steve Jobs or one single person being a better CEO than anyone else... they're just one of many people who can make a good decision 60% of the time if given the opportunity.

     

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    Ian2

    Sorry to see Ballmer go but also pleased to see someone with a technical background at the helm.

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    SteveRichter

    , felix9 wrote

    ScottGu is, for now, the "interim" Cloud & Enterprise Executive Vice President at Microsoft

    http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-appoints-scott-guthrie-new-cloud-and-enterprise-chief-7000025973/

    "... Nadella had quite a few direct reports, in addition to Guthrie, who was the Corporate Vice President of Azure Program Management, as a result of various reorgs. Among them were: Bill Laing, who was the Corporate Vice President (CVP) of Development for Windows and System Center; Brad Anderson, CVP of Program Management; Jason Zander CVP of Development for Windows Azure; Quentin Clark, CVP of Program Management for Microsoft's former Data Platform Group; Dave Campbell, who became the CTO of Microsoft's former Server & Tools division; and Jason Wilcox, the Corporate Vice President in charge of Test. ..."

    Are all of these direct reports white males?  Kind of a serious question, has Satya not been an agent of diversity within Microsoft?

     

     

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    davewill

    , felix9 wrote

    ScottGu is, for now, the "interim" Cloud & Enterprise Executive Vice President at Microsoft

    http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-appoints-scott-guthrie-new-cloud-and-enterprise-chief-7000025973/

    For developers it seems this is the area to watch.

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    SteveRichter

    , davewill wrote

    *snip*

    For developers it seems this is the area to watch.

    that and Bill talking about extending the OS to the cloud.  I would like to read what such an OS would entail.  What does a client app need from a cloud OS that the web does not already provide? In some ways an OS is a barrier to entry in that you have to learn how to use it first.  Where as the web you already know how to use.

     

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    SteveRichter

    @Ian2: how does windows phone distinguish itself as a client to the "cloud platform"?  If the cloud platform is open then all phone clients are equal. Meaning there is no point in having a phone with a different OS than the vast majority of other phones. I think windows phone is history.

     

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    Ian2

    , SteveRichter wrote

    @Ian2: how does windows phone distinguish itself as a client to the "cloud platform"?  If the cloud platform is open then all phone clients are equal. Meaning there is no point in having a phone with a different OS than the vast majority of other phones. I think windows phone is history.

    Not sure you are serious?

    As things stand it will still be possible to differentiate a phone client by how well it uses the cloud Platform (or a hundred other differentiating features like cost, quality, colour, weight, size etc. etc.)

    In any event if all phones ran the same O/S and were 'equal' then people would still pay twice as much for an Apple phone (ergo all phone clients will never be 'equal').

    Did I misunderstand?

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    SteveRichter

    , Ian2 wrote

    In any event if all phones ran the same O/S and were 'equal' then people would still pay twice as much for an Apple phone (ergo all phone clients will never be 'equal').

    Did I misunderstand?

    Doesn't the iphone use the apple cloud more for its apps then the web?  Kind of where Apple products distinguish themselves in the market because they are the only ones that work with the Apple cloud. ( more a question than a statement ). I was reading in the WSJ that Apple wants to be a Netflix. Where I guess iPhones would the be only phones that would access the Apple Netflix like service.

    But the Microsoft cloud platform would have to be open to succeed. And if Microsoft provide its own Netflix like video on demand service it would have to be open to all mobile devices.

     

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    bondsbw

    @Ian2:  That and Apple is quite well known for locking down their platform to the point that it shows other platforms in poor light.

    For instance you can't buy music on the Google Play Music app for iOS (and I assume, even if you could, there would be a 30% premium to Apple for it).  Apple doesn't allow your apps to have their own rendering engine, and it cripples the provided embedded browser.

    I think it would be a big mistake for Microsoft to simply trust other platforms to provide the end user experience, instead of an in-house solution that shows them in the best light.

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    Ian2

    @bondsbw:Definitely - I think the hardware that has come out of Microsoft (Notably Surface and XBOX but also Zune)  are best of breed (likewise Nokia Hardware). 

    I for one would not want Microsoft to start to take a back seat on hardware.

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    Ian2

    @SteveRichter: I agree. When it is Microsoft (and everyone else) <OPEN> vs Apple <CLOSED> then imo Apple will have to change their ways in order to survive. 

    They are going through a prolonged honeymoon period at the moment and their competitors (including Microsoft) are trying to decide if they should ape their successful methods or go 'all out' open and focussing on being best of breed. 

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    Bass

    , Ian2 wrote

    Sorry to see Ballmer go but also pleased to see someone with a technical background at the helm.

    He talks with the same mannerisms of the people who run Google. I think that's a good sign, personally. :)

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    Bass

    , bondsbw wrote

    @Ian2:  That and Apple is quite well known for locking down their platform to the point that it shows other platforms in poor light.

    For instance you can't buy music on the Google Play Music app for iOS (and I assume, even if you could, there would be a 30% premium to Apple for it).  Apple doesn't allow your apps to have their own rendering engine, and it cripples the provided embedded browser.

    I think it would be a big mistake for Microsoft to simply trust other platforms to provide the end user experience, instead of an in-house solution that shows them in the best light.

    I don't think it does. I think it makes Apple look bad more then it makes the third party apps look bad. By gimping apps, you know you are going to end up with an system of gimped apps. All that * is going to bite Apple in the * eventually. In fact, they pretty much already hit their zenith, and it's all downhill from here. The reason it is going downhill is not because iOS is any way inferior to Android, but entirely because iOS is a walled garden.

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