Microsoft announced a new leadership structure and its "Trojan Horse in Nokia" has done and is leaving.
Stephen Elop denied to have been planted by Microsoft at Nokia. I believe him as it would have been too obvious. Elop worked for Microsoft before joining Nokia as the first CEO outside of Finland. Today Microsoft announced a new leadership structure that has no place for Stephen Elop. He is leaving Microsoft along with Kirill Tatarinov, Eric Rudder and Mark Penn.
“We are aligning our engineering efforts and capabilities to deliver on our strategy and, in particular, our three core ambitions,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “This change will enable us to deliver better products and services that our customers love at a more rapid pace.”
Microsoft says that the new leadership structure is in support of its core ambitions: reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud platform, and create more personal computing.
Executive Vice President Terry Myerson will lead a newly formed team, Windows and Devices Group (WDG), focused on enabling more personal computing experiences powered by the Windows ecosystem. This new team combines the engineering efforts of the current Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group.
Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie will continue to lead the Cloud and Enterprise (C+E) team focused on building the intelligent cloud platform that powers any application on any device. The C+E team will also focus on building high-value infrastructure and business services that are key to managing business processes, especially in the areas of data and analytics, security and management, and development tools. As a part of this announcement, the company will move the Dynamics development teams to the C+E team, enabling the company to accelerate ERP and CRM work and bring it into the mainstream C+E engineering and innovation efforts.
Executive Vice President Qi Lu will continue to lead the Applications and Services Group (ASG) focused on reinventing productivity services for digital work that span all devices and appeal to the people who use technology at work and in their personal lives.
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Satya Nadella is appearing to be pushing all the right buttons at Microsoft. It all looks very promising, but the real test for him will be Windows 10. Thew operating system needs to be a huge success for Microsoft that will make us all forget Windows Vista and never mention it again.