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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 DannyB on Thursday January 13, @06:26PM (3 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 13, @06:26PM (#1212460) Journal

    Microsoft needs to ditch the Ribbon interface in Office and other Microsoft software.

    Introducing the new Donut interface. A large Ring pops up (the "donut") in the center of the monitor, taking up most of the visible monitor. With the mouse, you can rotate the donut like a "wheel of fortune" until the correct function is at the top of the wheel ("the winner"). Once the correct function is in the winner square, releasing the mouse button executes it.

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  • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Thursday January 13, @06:54PM

    by Immerman (3985) on Thursday January 13, @06:54PM (#1212481)

    Spinning seems utterly superfluous when you can simply move your cursor in the correct direction.

    Eliminate that and you've got a pie menu - they are actually quite nice and efficient to use, and I believe the b.s. patents on the idea should have expired by now.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @08:20PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @08:20PM (#1212510)

    WinTorus™

    Wait until they reinvent the ball from the IBM Selectric typewriter.

    Is there anything new since Word2K?

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by driverless on Friday January 14, @09:17AM

    by driverless (4770) on Friday January 14, @09:17AM (#1212645)

    Microsoft needs to ditch the Ribbon interface in Office and other Microsoft software.

    Maybe they could gamify it, I hear that's trendy. So you have all 857 buttons from the Ribbon floating around at the top of the screen and you have a cannon at the bottom controlled by the mouse wheel that you use to shoot the one you want to activate, that'd make using a word processor much more fun and engaging!

    Perhaps they could store them in the blockchain for extra cromulence.