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Jeff Jerome
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Jeff Jerome,
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7/28/2014 | 11:12:35 PM
Re: Microsoft is now a server company
@ charles - I thnk that you are correct the Azure product is doing well and so is Lync.  And I think Lync can drive some device sales too.  Which could help to drive Microsoft device sales.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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7/28/2014 | 5:44:52 PM
Microsoft is now a server company
Although Microsoft still aspires to be a device company, I think it's inevitable that its future lies as a server company. it's last successful business device was the Windows PC. Which means that it's now a server company, both Windows Server in the enterprise and the Azure Cloud, delivering services to other people's smart phones and mobile devices. 
heartpuppy
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heartpuppy,
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7/28/2014 | 3:32:36 PM
Re: Let's be a little more serious about the word 'action.'
With his protracted layoff, Nadella is trying to squeeze out the "best" Microsoft workers.  By "best", I mean the American nerds who do their job well and get paid well and are ill-equiped to handle the vast office-politicking credit-stealing job-stealing PPT-touting nepotistic net-sniffing IT "expert" invasion army, 1 million strong, brought in from India into American IT workforces(total about 2 million jobs).

Admit it, American nerds focusing on doing their software jobs should not be expected to put up with this kind of infighting and uncertainty(intentionally unleashed by Nadella), and will likely look for alternative employment opportunities.  Nadella's Darwin process will only leave the Indians (protected by Nadella and gang) to be declared the heir to the Microsoft's 80 Billion dollar cash hoard.   Indians could use this hoard to launch another million "experts" from slums to take over American IT 100%...  Isn't it beautiful?

Yeah beware your email and all office communication is being spied on by your Indian invading force.  I'm sure a low caste American like you would appreciate Indian Big Brother's taking care of all your IT needs for the next thousand years.

 
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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7/28/2014 | 3:02:29 PM
Re: Let's be a little more serious about the word 'action.'
So to distill your message, you're positing that Nadella's grand plan is to lay off large numbers of Microsoft's US citizen tech workers, replace a significant number of those people with (presumably) less expensive Indian tech workers, then bail out of the company?
heartpuppy
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heartpuppy,
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7/28/2014 | 2:39:31 PM
Re: Let's be a little more serious about the word 'action.'
Nadella does not fit the classic profile of "outsider hachet man".  but fit the profile of "Indian insider hachet man with secret agenda".   His college buddy (from an obscure second rate Indian university that produced NO big CEOs before Nadella ) became Nokia CEO, and carried out extensive layoffs in Nokia during his career at Nokia.   The 2 friends seem to follow the same playbook, a playbook used extensively at other Indianized American high tech outfits like Cisco and VMWare.   Where you see rounds of small/big layoffs and attrition aimed at nonIndian workforce, coupled with extensive outsourcing to India and Indian companies.  In addition these companies also preferred hiring and promotion of Indian workers in America, resulting in a huge Indian technical population (sometimes 8/10) in their US corporate headquarters.   

Cisco's indianization strategy:

 http://www.networkworld.com/article/2264760/lan-wan/cisco-quietly-downsizing-through-outsourcing.html

Qualcomm's Indianization strategy:

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2013/jan/09/citylights1-engineers-dislike-h1b-bosses-gloat/

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2011/mar/09/citylights1-american-engineers-short-supply/

IBM now more Indian workers than the US:

http://nypost.com/2013/10/05/ibm-now-employs-more-workers-in-india-than-us/

 

 
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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7/28/2014 | 1:20:10 PM
Re: Let's be a little more serious about the word 'action.'
@Lawler It's hard to think of Nadella as an enforcer hired by the board to fire thousands of people and then parachute out. Companies usually bring in an outsider for that kind of grim business. Nadella seems emotionallly invested in the complex task of streamlining Microsoft for the long haul. He doesn't fit the profile of a hatchet man.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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7/28/2014 | 12:29:34 PM
AD integration
Michael, In terms of "It did not make sense to add a wholly unproven product category -- devices -- as a would-be strategic cornerstone." That's debatable -- I have heard that Microsoft is extending AD with things like federation and hybrid cloud integrations, which is smart for keeping enterprise IT on board with its own hardware and Windows. Identity and directory management are an important trump card. 
pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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7/28/2014 | 9:48:21 AM
Re: Let's be a little more serious about the word 'action.'
@heartpuppy

Does 'best' equal 'most expensive'?
RZIMMERMANN
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7/28/2014 | 12:52:37 AM
Microsoft Nokia division is not based here in US
It is located in Finland and majority of workers are there. Please keep that in mind before generalizing issues. OK now carry on with your pet themes.
heartpuppy
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heartpuppy,
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7/27/2014 | 11:59:18 PM
Re: Let's be a little more serious about the word 'action.'
Can't agree with you more!   Plus the way the layoff
 is carried out, calculated to drive out the best people
 from Microsoft.
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