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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: 2) by Phoenix666 on Thursday January 13, @01:53PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 13, @01:53PM (#1212403) Journal

    I didn't RTFA this time because it's like running to spend time reading about the latest twists and turns of IBM, as in, not particularly relevant...

    That said, the last time I did look into MS's earnings several years ago, MS Office was still that company's cash cow with Azure taking on a more important role. Nearly every other product and sector of the company lost money. With the way the tech landscape has developed, dominating the desktop is no longer the killer strategy it once was, but it will keep the lights on at that company for some time yet. It may linger like Unisys or Sperry did.

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