Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Dec 2013 22:10 UTC

The Microsoft CEO succession process appears to be stalled. This is a company with immense human, technical, and financial resources; the tech industry is filled with intelligent, energetic, dedicated candidates. What's wrong with the matchmaking process?

The gist: Microsoft needs someone strong enough to stand up to the old guard still looking over everyone's shoulder (Gates and Ballmer) - and essentially dismiss them - since the company needs to look to the future, not the past.

Good luck with that.

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> They need a CEO whose customers are not 20th century enterpise IT.

Enterprise IT people who buy the whole Microsoft package from soup to nuts, AD, Exchange, Windows, Office, etc. are their primary cash cow along with OEM preinstall licenses of Windows. That's why Microsoft are so scared of Chromebooks - it's not just an assault on the Windows client machine, but via Google Apps an attack on the entire "back end" that their business customers buy. Single sign on is handled by Google Apps accounts, document editing and storage by Google Drive, messaging by Hangouts, email by GMail, and the machines are so locked down by default that there's no real need for desktop support other than replacing failed hardware. Hell, since all the Google stuff is done through a web browser you can access it all from Windows, OS X, regular GNU/Linux, *BSD, or even recent nightly builds of Haiku. That destroys Microsoft's "you use it at work, so you should probably use it at home" argument.

As for servers, if you aren't running anything that needs Windows Server infrastructure (like, say, managing Windows desktops) then Linux and FreeBSD are fine for basically everything. Microsoft has seen the writing on the wall about this, which is why they contributed Hyper-V driver support to the main Linux kernel source tree - Microsoft Azure looks like a pretty terrible cloud if you can ONLY run Windows on it.

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The days of big Microsoft backend ... with technical dependencies (call it lockin, call it integration) .. is over.

If you can't see why you don't need AD, then what out, your business is going get killed by more efficient competition.

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