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Nadella Charts Microsoft's Future: 5 Key Points
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7/13/2014 | 7:52:48 AM
Only developers should test code
Nadella also suggests that dedicated QA will go away. There will only be developers that write and test code and applications. That alone shows that Nadella is totally clueless! QA requires a very specific skill set that I have yet to find in most developers I worked with. The total attention to detail and always thinking about what could happen rather than what should happen is a quality that only experienced testers bring to the table. Yes, QA needs to know how coding works and at times needs to code as well for automation, but that is a different ball of yarn and one that can be very much abstracted.

Maybe Nadella thinks that applying patches for patches that patched something is 'productivity'. As if Microsoft can get away with delivering even worse quality than they already have. If anything, they need more testing and above all more user advocates that are taken seriously.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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7/11/2014 | 6:24:02 PM
Escaping the Apple envy
Satya Nadella is trying to build on Microsoft's existing strength in the enterprise data center and its own cloud data centers, as well as in devices and on the desktop. This is much smarter than just succumbing to Apple-envy. Ballmer with his preoccupation with touch in Windows 8 and Surface seemed to have a very severe case. 
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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7/11/2014 | 4:10:32 PM
Re: Play to your strengths
If Microsoft retreats from hardware, that's good news for Apple. Apple will remain the only vertically integrated consumers hardware, software, and services platform company. And it will have an easier time defending its turf as a result.
Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
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7/11/2014 | 2:54:01 PM
Play to your strengths
Though the message is still pretty vague, it sounds like the beginning of the end for Microsoft's efforts at attracting consumers through hardware. Good thing. Ballmer was chasing a ghost there. Nadella realizes Microsoft needs to really zero in on its strengths: software, the cloud, and the enterprise.
User Rank: Author
7/11/2014 | 10:55:23 AM
Trying Too Hard?
Nadella's making some strong moves, but mobile first, cloud first? Does anything else come first? And I find "platforms and productivity" to be an apples and oranges mix. One is a product category; the other is a business outcome or goal. The simpler the message the better.


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