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posted by janrinok on Thursday January 13, @07:12AM   Printer-friendly

Should Microsoft sell Windows and Office? This former exec believes so:

A former Microsoft executive has offered up some advice for current CEO Satya Nadella: spin off Windows and Office and focus on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing crown jewel.

Ben Slivka, a 14-year veteran at Microsoft who left in 1999, gave the unsolicited advice to Nadella in an interview with CNBC, saying: "The right thing probably is to bet the future on the cloud."

[...] On top of this, Nadella invested heavily in building out Azure and other enterprise-focused offerings to compete with Amazon's AWS and Google Cloud. By some estimates, Azure hold 20% of the cloud market, below AWS' 32% and above Google's 9%.

According to analysts that CNBC spoke to, spinning off Windows and Office would make very little sense. Nadella has built significant and much-needed synergies between Microsoft's various businesses, in such a way that the rise of one boosts the others.

So what do you think?


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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by aristarchus on Thursday January 13, @08:04AM (5 children)

    by aristarchus (2645) on Thursday January 13, @08:04AM (#1212364) Journal

    Couldn't Microsoft just die in a fire, to atone for the sins they have inflicted upon general purpose computing over the years?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @09:18AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @09:18AM (#1212373)

    That is not enough. Their locations throughout the world must be surrounded, all employees (from C-level suite execs to janitor staff) hauled out into the open in chains, lined up, and one-by-one have their hearts torn out of their screaming bodies while the crowds cheer.

    • (Score: 5, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @03:20PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @03:20PM (#1212426)

      I got better. Oracle could buy them.

      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday January 13, @06:27PM (1 child)

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 13, @06:27PM (#1212462) Journal

        This could be a good thing.

        The entire .NET runtime system could be rewritten in Java.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @12:04AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @12:04AM (#1212548)
          >> This could be a good thing. The entire .NET runtime system could be rewritten in Java.

          Log4Shell wants a word with you.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @10:44AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @10:44AM (#1212649)

        Touche. That indeed would be worse.