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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: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @09:04AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @09:04AM (#1212372)

    Office is actually selling Azure. Companies use Azure because they _need_ to look into Azure when using Office365.

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  • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Thursday January 13, @02:01PM

    by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 13, @02:01PM (#1212406)

    Exactly this. Office363, Exchange and Sh$$point as a bundle drives their market share. Without this, why not just go with AWS?