Microsoft's Nadella: Can He Walk The Walk?
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Ninja
4/1/2014 | 10:31:34 PM
Microsoft puzzles me
Regarding Office no longer being an advantage for Microsoft's tablet strategy:  Was it really the advantage Microsoft thought it was?  If so, why didn't the Surface sell if iPad owners are suddenly crazy about Office for iPad?  If Office for iPad has really been sitting on the shelf to give an advantage to the Surface, where's the touch-first version of Office for the Surface?  Wouldn't it make sense to feverishly work on that while the iOS version is on the shelf and then release them together?  Of course the Surface version would debut with printing (even if the touch version had to launch a COM call to desktop Office to do the printing -- although this would be absurdly silly!) giving another temporary advantage over the iPad.  (NOTE:  I'm using Surface as a synonym for the Windows Modern UI which is a mouthful...)

Bottom line:  Things just don't add up.  To me, Microsoft is a puzzle.  I read that MS spends more on R&D than most or all other companies.  How is this money being spent?  I read that Apple and Google spend less but we're always reading about new ideas brewing at Google and, to a lesser extent, Apple.  Where's the buzz around the billions Microsoft spends on R&D?  I know folks lay a lot of blame on Balmer but is it possible that the most successful software company in the world was run for years by someone who repeatedly made such poor decisions? 
Madhava verma dantuluri
Madhava verma dantuluri,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/2/2014 | 7:14:45 AM
I believe he will deliver and bring the new change in MS.
User Rank: Ninja
4/2/2014 | 12:43:14 PM
Re: Microsoft puzzles me
Ballmer thought Office was an advantage for Surface. Not very many agreed with him, which is what the market has shown. Office on the iPad is the right move, and really has been for years. Even from a business standpoint, revenue for the software on someone else's hardware is better than no revenue for software on your own hardware because no one wants to buy it.

How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on for the week of October 23, 2016. We'll be talking with the editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll