Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Mar 2014 22:55 UTC

Nadella, who succeeded Ballmer one month ago, took a step this week by unraveling part of a restructuring his predecessor put in place in one of his last acts as chief executive officer. Nadella appointed onetime Democratic political operative Mark Penn to the just-invented post of strategy chief and shuffled other executives to resolve an unwieldy setup Ballmer had established in the marketing department.

Interesting look at the goings-on surround Ballmer's end.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by dpJudas on Fri 7th Mar 2014 00:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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One thing that's readily apparent is how clueless the Board is. I mean, seriously, you're going to turn down Nokia's mapping division using foreign unrepatriated money? That thing would've been pennies on the dollar.

It really comes down to what company you want Microsoft to be and which markets they should focus on. There are many other companies Microsoft could spend their money on that might aid them better (buying Xamarin as an example comes to mind).

If you disagree with the Devices and Services move, then buying Nokia makes a lot less sense and I think the opposing board probably does (or did during that meeting - article seems to imply some changed their minds).

Personally I am not so sure Microsoft should attempt to move into "devices and services" (aka mobile hardware and cloud solutions). Such moves are very far from where they started (as a software company) and I fear what made their old offerings strong might suffer from it, along with maybe cultural problems when doing such a massive switch.

In any case, it will certainly be very interesting to see what moves Microsoft does next.

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