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Microsoft's Nadella Reshapes Top Management as Turner Leaves (bloomberg.com) 35

Dina Bass, reporting for Bloomberg: Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella announced a broad reorganization of the company's senior executive ranks as long-time Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner prepares to leave for another job. Instead of naming a new COO, Nadella appointed two executives to divvy up the sales responsibilities and report to him. Jean-Philippe Courtois will be in charge of global sales, marketing and operations spanning Microsoft's 13 business areas, Nadella said in a note to employees Thursday. Judson Althoff will lead the worldwide commercial business, including government and small and medium-sized businesses. Other executives already reporting to Nadella will take on parts of Turner's job, with Chris Capossela leading worldwide marketing, Kurt DelBene leading IT and Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood taking over the sales and marketing team's finance group, which had been separate.
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Microsoft's Nadella Reshapes Top Management as Turner Leaves

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  • It's open source.
  • Instead of naming a new COO, a to-be-determined executive will suddenly find themself at a desk in the COO's office one day, wondering what happened.

    • by Lead Butthead ( 321013 ) on Thursday July 07, 2016 @10:31AM (#52462997) Journal

      The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by investigators at a major U.S. research university. The element, tentatively named administratium, has no protons or electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0. However, it does have one neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons and 111 assistant vice neutrons, which gives it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by a force that involves the continuous exchange of meson-like particles called morons.

      Since it has no electrons, administratium is inert. However, it can be detected chemically as it impedes every reaction it comes in contact with. According to the discoverers, a minute amount of administratium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would have normally occurred in less than a second.

      Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately three years, at which time it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which assistant neutrons, vice neutrons and assistant vice neutrons exchange places. Some studies have shown that the atomic mass actually increases after each reorganization.

      Research at other laboratories indicates that administratium occurs naturally in the atmosphere. It tends to concentrate at certain points such as government agencies, large corporations, and universities. It can usually be found in the newest, best appointed, and best maintained buildings.

      Scientists point out that administratium is known to be toxic at any level of concentration and can easily destroy any productive reaction where it is allowed to accumulate. Attempts are being made to determine how administratium can be controlled to prevent irreversible damage, but results to date are not promising.

  • At least Satya Nadella is rearranging the deck chairs.
    • That seems premature, with their big problem still about three weeks away.

      I wouldn't want to be Nadella himself during the first investor update after that deadline, though.

    • If shuffling management is re-arranging the deck chairs, Windows 10 is requesting the band to play "the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" to cheer up the passengers while the captain searches through their belongings for valuables.

  • But then, at this level, it's all deck chair moving.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 07, 2016 @10:26AM (#52462957)

    ...create the new positions:

    Head of Incomprehensible User Interface Design Decisions
    Director of Customisation Option Removal
    Forced Windows Update Committee Leader
    Windows 10 Botnet Head Administrator
    Chief of User Anal Probing

    • Forced Windows Update Committee Leader

      I would assume this new position would be given to an existing executive with no option to turn the position down. And if that person asked for time to think about it, they'd come in the next day to find their new title on all their business cards.

    • Why are you calling those positions "new"???

  • by Overzeetop ( 214511 ) on Thursday July 07, 2016 @10:32AM (#52463007) Journal

    Should have eliminated the COO position and used the money he saved to bring back the QA department in the surface line. Having an in-house brand which is less compatible with your own OS than 3rd party devices is just criminal.

  • This song sums this shit up [youtube.com] - enjoy because it is also hilarious - very catchy words.

    meanwhile, slashdot, yeah

  • 21st century IBM (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    It looks like MS is going the way of IBM did in the 20th century.

    As its products continue to become less relevant - you can only milk the office suite and OS for so long - It's going to transform into a job creation organization for executives. It will continue to get larger in the administration and management areas while the product departments will lag. There will be probably some more cuts in the R&D area and MS will continue to offshore its technical areas and acquire another companies in an atte

    • "It looks like MS is going the way of IBM did in the 20th century. "

      Yes, but not the way you're thinking. This is why Microsoft has spent and is spending so much money and dev effort on Azure. Assuming they don't screw it up too badly, they're in a really good position to change from a software company to a hosting company. Just like Apple gets a 30% cut of everything sold in the App Store, Microsoft is going to collect a toll on every single thing a customer hosts in Azure forever. So yes, they're becoming

      • by Rob Y. ( 110975 )

        I wonder whether Amazon considers Azure a threat in the sense that Microsoft is probably the only company that can host Windows apps in the cloud competitively, since they don't have to pay for Windows. Of course, the primary Windows app customers are likely to want to host in the cloud is Exchange - and maybe Office 365. But companies probably have a few legacy desktop apps that they could host via Citrix.

        Not that Amazon wants to get into Windows desktop hosting, but if a company wants to put legacy desk

      • 100% correct. Very insightful. Microsoft definitely is betting it big on Azure.
    • you can only milk the office suite and OS for so long

      Yeah, that's why now sell primarily Office as a subscription service to keep a constant revenue and have turned Windows into a data gathering, MS-service-pushing and advertising platform.
      Those moves make financial sense but I hate what they've turned Windows into.

  • Who cares?

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