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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 ElizabethGreene on Thursday January 13, @07:27PM (1 child)

    by ElizabethGreene (6748) on Thursday January 13, @07:27PM (#1212489)

    Office Commercial, Office Consumer, and Windows Commercial products revenue all grew by double digit percentages last year per the annual report. Why would you give away a money tree?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 16, @11:01AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 16, @11:01AM (#1213100)

    I had similar thoughts. Maybe his insights like this have something to do with the "former" part of being a Microsoft executive.