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Microsoft Said to Be Preparing to Make Satya Nadella CEO

Microsoft Said to Be Preparing to Make Satya Nadella CEO One would hope that, if Nadella is the choice, it might mark an actual moment of focus for Microsoft – ie choosing to go all in on their cloud services as a way forward. Microsoft has a solid stack with Azure, and a ton of …

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Rudderless Microsoft « John Moltz’s Very Nice Web Site

Rudderless Microsoft « John Moltz’s Very Nice Web Site John Moltz asks why isn’t anyone alarmed that Microsoft basically has no leader? With Ballmer being a lame duck and no successor chosen, how can Microsoft execute on this bold strategy that everyone thinks they have in buying Nokia? Add to their troubles that 2014 is …

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Microsoft’s hardware, round 2: Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2

Microsoft’s hardware, round 2: Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Microsoft doubles down on the Surface, releasing what is primarily a performance bump (faster processor, better battery). A considerable amount of innovation seems to have gone into the covers – which seems to profoundly misunderstand the changed basis of competition from the iPad. But there’s …

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What If Microsoft Had Bought BlackBerry In 2009 Instead?

What If Microsoft Had Bought BlackBerry In 2009 Instead? Dan Frommer with a thought exercise: What if Microsoft had bought Blackberry in 2009? That’s a compelling question and its made especially interesting by how tied into enterprise both companies were. However, we have to think that tie in would have been double the incentive to …

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The Deal That Makes No Sense – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

The Deal That Makes No Sense – stratēchery by Ben Thompson Ben Thompson – himself a Microsoft alum who worked on windows phone – furthers the earlier post from Matt Drance by calling the Nokia buy “the deal that makes no sense.” He posits a very likely theory: Nokia was either going out of business …

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Apple Outsider » Microsoft Buys Nokia for €3.79B

Apple Outsider » Microsoft Buys Nokia for €3.79B Matt Drance with an excellent rundown of the Microsoft-Nokia acquisition. The whole thing is a must-read, but there’s two particularly salient points worth highlighting. First, he points out that bad acquisitions were a hallmark of Ballmer’s tenure. No one seemed to be bringing this up in discussing …

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If Steve Ballmer Ran Apple – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

If Steve Ballmer Ran Apple – stratēchery by Ben Thompson With Ballmer’s departure there are, unsurprisingly, a number of posts critical of him (we certainly were). Ben Thompson raises the caution, however, of being too critical of Ballmer when he was simply doing what the market ostensibly suggests is best: maximizing shareholder value. It is …

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Microsoft said Chief Executive Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months.

Microsoft said Chief Executive Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months. The man who laughed at the iPhone and said he “liked our position” with Windows Mobile and who presided over Microsoft’s Lost Decade (as VanityFair branded it) has decided to step down. This is good news for anyone who is a fan of Microsoft. …

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