“The news of Gates returning to be more actively involved at Microsoft as part of Ballmer stepping down and Satya Nadella stepping up had been niggling at me for a while until I managed to place my concerns,” Matt Baxter-Reynolds writes for ZDNet. “One aspect — actually not my biggest concern, I’ll get to that — is this strange implication that Satya Nadella somehow needs handholding.”
“Even in his own email on his first day as CEO, he says: ‘I’ve asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products,'” Baxter-Reynolds writes. There’s a thread running through the closing days of this transition which sounds very much like Microsoft believes Bill somehow needs to ‘save’ them. Why does Nadella need this help?”
“We know that Gates has been putting his effort into the Gates Foundation since he stepped down as full-time CEO in June 2008. But we also know he’s been involved in the company he founded since that time. So for nearly six years, he still has been involved. He has still been influencing the products,” Baxter-Reynolds writes. “To remind you of what Nadella said, he wants help from Gates on products.”
“If I were Nadella and Gates asked me if he could be my ‘technology advisor,’ I’d be questioning his credentials,” Baxter-Reynolds writes. “Where’s the evidence of the killer competence on the non-enterprise-IT side that’s evident on the enterprise-IT-side? We know that Microsoft is essentially hopeless on consumer products. You can argue against that statement as much as you like, the fact remains that how, where, what, and why people use computers has changed over the past six years… So what’s the deal? Does the Nadella+Gates combo mean that Microsoft is going to focus on enterprise IT, work on just that core business, and keep it safe?”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Perhaps Microsoft’s “plan” is to just give up on consumer products and focus on the enterprise – although the billions Microsoft just blew on Nokia seems to says exactly the opposite – but it had better be the enterprise back-end because the BYOD trend is only accelerating, Microsoft has zero momentum, and one guy (Mired) plus a rather myopic (Tired) part-timer (“Oops, I missed The Internet!” “Tablets will require a stylus and will be based on handwriting recognition”) both of whom have precious little background in successfully developing the type of products that actual people want to buy and use today.
Even if Microsoft focuses on the enterprise, the new blood enterprise IT guy is more than likely going to be (or already is) an Apple guy/gal or, if he/she’s particularly confused (or looking for some job security as a constant fixer/emergency malware responder à la Windows), an Android settler, not an antique Microsoft drone.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “dslarsen” for the heads up.]