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 — it shows the company has moved on from one centered on Windows/Office to one based firmly in Azure and Office 365.
At the company’s Build Developer Conference in May, he took the company to the next logical market level when he announced not just a mobile/cloud first vision — that’s so 2014 — but an artificial intelligence/machine learning focus that puts the company firmly on the road to the future of computing.
Microsoft announced a couple of new offerings today, and the timing can’t be a coincidence. First of all it introduced Azure Stack, a private cloud platform built on Azure cloud technology. It enables enterprise businesses that aren’t willing or able to use public cloud infrastructure services to install Azure components in their own data center.