Nov
14
2017
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Microsoft’s period of congenial cooperation could be over

 A couple of years ago while a guest of Marc Benioff onstage at Salesforce’s Dreamforce customer conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said something that seemed to signal a new period of amicable cooperation for his company. Several pieces of evidence seem to suggest that the period of friendly cooperation that was in full bloom in 2015 could be over, and not just with Salesforce. Read More

Jul
10
2017
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Microsoft experiences the triumph and tragedy of transformation

Satya Nadella When long-time Microsoft COO Kevin Turner left the company last year, it marked a key turning point in the Satya Nadella era. Turner’s exit enabled Nadella to start putting his own stamp on the company, and the layoffs, strategy shifts and personnel changes we’ve seen recently are a reflection of that. Read More

Nov
17
2016
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Open source and coopetition are the new normal

Two wooden figures holding hands in front of a lake. In a month of unexpected outcomes, we have also seen some tech partnership announcements, ones we thought we might never see. In fact, just this week we witnessed Microsoft joining the Linux foundation and Google joining Microsoft’s .NET foundation. You cannot minimize just how at odds these announcements are with what has been the reality of the tech industry over the last 20 years.… Read More

Aug
04
2016
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Why Microsoft’s Satya Nadella equates LinkedIn with Minecraft

Microsoft Minecraft You could make a case that Minecraft is the professional network of 10-year-olds, but you’d have to work pretty hard at it. That’s not what Satya Nadella means when he uses Minecraft as an example of why LinkedIn was a great acquisition target for Microsoft, speaking to Bloomberg today in an interview reflecting on Microsoft as a company advancing in years. Here’s the key… Read More

Jul
07
2016
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Ch-ch-ch-changes at Microsoft as COO Kevin Turner heads for the exits

Kevin Turner, chief operating officer of Microsoft Corp., listens during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Monday, May 2, 2016. The conference gathers attendees to explore solutions to today's most pressing challenges in financial markets, industry sectors, health, government and education. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images In a blog post this morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that long-time COO Kevin Turner would be leaving after 11 years at the company.
At the same time, Citadel Securities announced on its website home page this morning that Turner would be coming on board as CEO.
Nadella gave the expected platitudes in the announcement, while thanking Turner for his service to the… Read More

Apr
06
2016
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Microsoft marches forward with its security plan, releasing Cloud App Security

Business man working with a secure cloud network on a giant touch screen. As Microsoft works its way toward implementing the security plan that CEO Satya Nadella outlined in a talk last Fall in DC, part of that has been creating tools and part buying them. Today, it announced that Adallom, a company it bought last year was becoming generally available and renamed Microsoft Cloud App Security. While the new name lacks the pizazz of the original, it does convey… Read More

Feb
25
2016
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Microsoft Begins Making Progress On Nadella’s Broad Security Vision

Business man holding smart phone while pressing a lock button to unlock it. Last fall, Mr. Nadella came to Washington and in a comprehensive speech the Microsoft CEO laid out Microsoft’s broad vision for security in the enterprise. Today, the company made a series of announcements in a lengthy blog post from Microsoft Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault that starts to bring that vision into clearer focus. It’s probably not a coincidence… Read More

Jan
27
2016
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Office Online Gets Real-Time Collaboration For Files Hosted By Microsoft Partners

New-cloud-storage-options-for-Office-mobile-and-Office-Online-2-1024x768 Microsoft announced today that it is expanding the Cloud Storage Partner Program (CSPP) it first announced a year ago and launching deeper integrations with Box, Dropbox, Egnyte, Citrix and ShareFile. One new feature the company is touting is real-time co-authoring for Office Online, even if the documents are stored in the partner cloud services. This means that co-workers can collaborate on… Read More

Dec
02
2015
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Satya Nadella Says Microsoft Is “Very Focused” On Diversity, Welcomes Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Push For Inclusion

Satya Nadella At Microsoft’s annual shareholding conference today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella cited diversity progress in relation to the executive team and board of directors. In the last year, Microsoft nominated two women to the board of directors. That said, Nadella recognizes that Microsoft is still not where it needs to be, nor is the industry. RainbowPUSH Coalition’s Rev. Jesse Jackson,… Read More

Nov
17
2015
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Satya Nadella Delivers Microsoft State of Security Address

Satya Nadella Satya Nadella came to Washington, DC this morning, and delivered The Microsoft State of Security address, laying out Microsoft’s security vision and all of the tools and technologies that entails. Speaking at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum, he articulated the company security strategy. Key to this was not only finding ways to secure the key elements of the Microsoft ecosystem… Read More

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