Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) CEO Nadella Being Cut Slack in Wake of Azure Meltdown

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s new CEO Satya Nadella has had an eventful six months on the job since taking over as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s head in February. As Bloomberg reported earlier today, despite being a major proponent of the cloud-based service Azure, which catastrophically went down for five hours yesterday, Nadella still has the confidence of the previous CEO Steve Ballmer.

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Ballmer, who just stepped down from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s board, ostensibly to put his focus on the Los Angeles Clippers, recently conducted a separate interview with Bloomberg in which he reportedly gives Nadella the benefit of the doubt, despite Azure’s hiccups and despite carrying out the largest round of layoffs in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s history.

“Satya Nadella’s come in with a very different management style, a very different kind of outlook on things, very understated, you don’t have the kind of bombastic running around and gesticulations that you had under Ballmer; he’s a very different executive, and he’s got to come in with a very different agenda than Ballmer did,” said Bloomberg’s Tom Giles in response to the Ballmer interview.

One of those new agendas is to make mobile a priority, and to take great pains to make headway in that market, not for the sake of selling hardware in and of itself, but rather to push Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s mobile software and promote it’s utility on mobile platforms.

However, another one of those agendas has been the push of Azure as a key component of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s future strategy, and the recent outages during the past week, which have not been limited solely to that five-hour window yesterday, show that Microsoft needs to aggressively improve the reliability of that service.

“[…] And that’s something that Microsoft has to work out. I mean, that’s the other side of what Satya Nadella wants to do; it’s cloud first, it’s a whole new way of getting software delivered to you, and delivering computing services to businesses, and this is not good for his sales and his pitch, to have Azure down for this long a period of time,” Giles said.

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