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We Just Learned CEO Satya Nadella's Master Plan For Microsoft
Business Insider ^ | 03/27/2014 | Steve Kovach

Posted on 03/27/2014 1:08:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The big news from Microsoft today was that it has finally launched Office for iPad, which will give users full access to the popular productivity suite if they sign up for the Office 365 subscription service. But under the surface of the announcement, we got our first look at CEO Satya Nadella's broader vision for Microsoft's future. Nadella has only been CEO for 52 days, but we're already getting a sense of how he plans to expand the company's offerings beyond its core products like Windows.

In short, Nadella sees Microsoft powering all sorts of devices through services and apps like Office. It doesn't matter if the device runs Windows or a competing platform like Android or iOS. Microsoft wants to be powering what you do on every gizmo.

"We think about users both as individuals and organizations spanning across all devices," Nadella said during today's launch event.

He went on to mention the growing trends at big companies. Many people prefer to use their personal devices for work, and a lot of those aren't powered by Windows.

It's a slight shift from the narrative Microsoft has been pushing since 2012, when the company decided to transition to one that makes devices and software, not just software. But a lot of that software was focused on Windows. Now we're going to see Microsoft branch out, even if that means running its software on devices and operating systems built by its biggest competitors like Apple and Google.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: android; ios; ipad; linux; microsoft; microsoftoffice; office365; satyanadella; windows
MICROSOFT CEO SATYA NADELLA


1 posted on 03/27/2014 1:08:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, as a Microsoft Developer, what are we going to see?

Are we going to see .NET for, Linux, UNIX, iOS and Android?

SQL Server for LINUX and UNIX?


2 posted on 03/27/2014 1:10:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind

they got tired of trying to get people to buy a new version every few years and so they decided to make you pay for the one you have yearly.

I don’t know ANY company that is on the latest version


3 posted on 03/27/2014 1:11:15 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I used to sell VCR’s in the 70’s. Beta was hands down better than VHS, but Sony refused to play with everyone and got shut out.

I think this is a really good move by these guys.


4 posted on 03/27/2014 1:23:37 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Mr. K

they got tired of trying to get people to buy a new version every few years and so they decided to make you pay for the one you have yearly.


My computer has a slightly simplified version of microsoft office that is free. Other than the ad strip on the right and my inability to bring up a ruler, I love it. I use the full version at work and have the full version of the last office without ribbons on disk if I absolutely need it, but I like using the same software at home and at work.

But there is no way I’d pay an annual fee (which is what they want me to do) to own it. I’d use openoffice before I’d do that.


5 posted on 03/27/2014 1:26:03 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: cuban leaf

“My computer has a slightly simplified version of microsoft office that is free.” What are you speaking of ?


6 posted on 03/27/2014 1:28:53 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep rigsupreme Splasht)
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To: UB355

I got a $499 desktop from costco a year or so ago and it came with an “upgradeable” version of Microsoft Office. It takes the upgrade to get the full features, but for my purposes it does everything I need Word and Excel to do (the only parts I use). I even do fomulas and use Word for flyers, business cards, etc.

I just google searched it. It’s called “starter”. Here it is:

http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/microsoft-put-stripped-down-office-new-pcs-200


7 posted on 03/27/2014 1:32:55 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: SeekAndFind

Get rid of that stinking 8 or 8.1, to start. It’s NOT cross-platform and it’s hellacious. I’m self-employed and I have to work at a desktop. It was beginning to fail so I finally had to get a new one...with Win 8 installed. I upgraded to 8.1 and downloaded the thing that is supposed to make it look like 7 and it still stinks.

They’ve also screwed up all the old reliable programs and Outlook will not even accept mail from ISP accounts (I have both web and ISP accounts).

I have several Apple devices and am a big touch-screen app user and purchaser...which I gather was the group that Microsoft thought it would impress.

But I’ve gone back to using my old rackety PC running Win 7. At least I can do my job on it and it actually communicates with all my other devices and accounts.

I have told everybody I know not to buy a new PC until Microsoft has remedied this, and not to “upgrade” to Win 8.1 if they’re already running 7.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 1:41:09 PM PDT by livius
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To: SeekAndFind

Humm, where have we seen his look before?


9 posted on 03/27/2014 1:41:21 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: SeekAndFind

In the 1980’s Microsoft had products that were affordable; usually $25-$95 for just about anything.

Today, Microsoft forgot about those days of growth and charges outrageous prices: $300-$12,000.

One primary reason Microsoft grew so fast was all the support they offered developers: Dev Days, TechEd, libraries, MSJ, etc. Today, most of that is gone and the content of what is left is nearly useless junk and some of it charged at useless pricing models.


10 posted on 03/27/2014 1:43:58 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: UB355
Dear Microsoft,
Pick a damned Operating System that works. Perfect it. Then open a hardware store. Sell me a phone. A Tablet. A TV. A used car. The constant changes for change's sake are not "software improvements."

BTW, IE is still dead road kill.

I continually get e-mails from these ass-klowns asking me if I would like to be a Microsoft Beta-Tester. I always reply: "WTF am I now. Since you guys never get anything working 100% or even close, I am always one of your Beta-Testers."

Perhaps we should start a user's group and offer these nerds money to leave stuff that's working tf alone? Go. Get new stuff. Make money. Leave us alone.

11 posted on 03/27/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ( The Republican Party is very sick . Hold all contributions until we see who picks up the patient..)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m just your average non-tech-savvy American running a small office.

All I can say is - since I stopped running MS-Windows based PC’s, my life has been so much easier. If it isn’t a frequent crash of Windows, then it is some hardware issue. I’m only guessing here, but with the multitude of PC makers who are simply boxes to run Windows, I believe they are forced to cut quality to make any margin.

Apple software and hardware work absolutely fine for our basic needs.


12 posted on 03/27/2014 1:45:09 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind

It might actually do them some good if there was something like mono that actually worked well.

Or here’s a crazy idea: why not just build “Windows” on top of Linux, as an alternative to KDE or Gnome? You get an OS for free, but if you want it to have all the (alleged) ease-of-use features of Windows, M$ support, etc, you have to buy Windows too. I dunno, but the biggest gripe I hear from users who try Linux is “it’s too hard to use”, so the opportunity exists to fix that.

Going after embedded apps in devices sounds like a hard way to make the kind of money M$ has been accustomed to making.


13 posted on 03/27/2014 1:48:00 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: PGR88

I can’t stand Apple because it’s way too proprietary, while MS apps were great at being cross-platform and enabling you to do your job in any environment.

What happened was that MS adopted the Apple model with Win 8 and suddenly it’s impossible to communicate or connect with anybody anywhere.

A computer industry friend described this as the “spite” model. That is, you may not do something well yourself, but instead of listening to the consumer or analyzing what it is that they like about the competitor, either (a) destroy the competitor or (b) create a lame version of what they do well.


14 posted on 03/27/2014 2:01:09 PM PDT by livius
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To: Mr. K

I hate ‘em, have hated them for years, but their new Office pricing is the absolute worst. I think big corporations should just switch wholesale to Libre Office.


15 posted on 03/27/2014 2:41:42 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

i have word 2003 on my ‘puters with xp and they are fine for what i need including 3D graphics. have open source on the 2 laptops so i acn open .docx files.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 2:46:30 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: bravo whiskey

Yeah, I use open source when I can. Have one client that I regularly have to submit stuff to in Powerpoint, so I’m still somewhat stuck with ‘em.


17 posted on 03/27/2014 2:58:25 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s the operating system for all kinds of devices—stable kernel, security and no spyware.

https://www.netbsd.org/


18 posted on 03/27/2014 3:49:20 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: 9YearLurker
"Have one client that I regularly have to submit stuff to in Powerpoint, so I’m still somewhat stuck with ‘em."

Have you tried LibreOffice Impress for compatibility with that?


19 posted on 03/27/2014 3:51:15 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop

Yeah, I have, thanks. Doesn’t work well enough.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 3:54:53 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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Looks like he’s on the right track.

Don’t like subscriptions to Office? There are non-MS freebies online (mentioned above by others), and the wholesale clubs sell other office software bundles for as little as $20 (has a PDF editor, which is why I wanted to try it) and Word Perfect, and the related spreadsheet I can’t remember the name, and some other stuff, is about $60.

Office hasn’t been under $200 in many many years, unless there was some short promos or something.

I d/led Open Office because I’d used that from time to time and liked it (it looks a lot more professional now). I had to use it today here at home because there’s nothin’ in the W8.1 installation.

Going back to WFW and pre-95 Windows there used to be a lower end basic office package “Works” that MS used to include for the OEMs. That’s been gone a while already.

Online ‘cloud’ apps are also available, and (allegedly) secure and available where you happen to be. Besides Google apps, there’s Zoho, and probably others:

https://www.zoho.com/productivity-apps.html


21 posted on 03/27/2014 4:15:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: familyop

VMS and its later version, OpenVMS was the best, most stable, reliable and most secure operating system I’ve worked with the past 20 years.

Too bad, it never achieved popularity other than in mission critical applications.


22 posted on 03/27/2014 4:56:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind

>>Are we going to see .NET for, Linux, UNIX, iOS and Android?

That’s implied in the article, isn’t it? Color me skeptical.


23 posted on 03/27/2014 5:01:29 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: Mr. K
I think it's a great deal. For $99 a year, I get Microsoft Office on four devices (up to 5 if I need it). That's $20-25 a year per device to run the latest and greatest version of Office. Back in the 1990s, I paid something like $700 for a single-user copy of Office and it was out of date two years later.

Does anybody remember Microsoft Cinemania? Now that was a rip-off. I think I used it maybe 4 times. Now it's shelfware because the IMDB website has 1000x the information that Cinemania had. And it's free and up to date.


24 posted on 03/27/2014 5:46:41 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: UB355

I found for my sister a few years ago, i think it a free MS office limited functionality release with Advertising. She says it does the job.


25 posted on 03/27/2014 7:36:31 PM PDT by GizzyGirl
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To: livius

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-System-Builder-Packaging/dp/B00H09BB16/ref=sr_1_1?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1395974899&sr=1-1&keywords=windows+7


26 posted on 03/27/2014 7:52:42 PM PDT by DaveArk
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To: CodeToad

As my wife qualifies for educational pricing, $80 for 4 years on 2 devices is tolerable.


27 posted on 03/27/2014 8:52:47 PM PDT by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: SeekAndFind

I LIKED VMS TOO.


28 posted on 03/28/2014 7:53:46 AM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: 9YearLurker

IIRC, OpenOffice can export files in PowerPoint format from their OO equivalent to PP. (I know that OO Writer can export in Word format and that OO Calc can export .xls format files.) You may not be as “stuck” with Office as you think you are.


29 posted on 03/28/2014 8:08:36 AM PDT by Bob
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To: SeekAndFind

I certainly hope not, I enjoy not seeing the blue screen of death on those devices. and have no desire to see MS’s java clone ported to other environments. I don’t need to see any more Visual Basic as long as I live.


30 posted on 03/28/2014 8:17:48 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Bob

No, too much of the formatting was messed up . Microsoft knows how to protect its franchise.


31 posted on 03/28/2014 8:51:44 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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