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While Microsoft celebrated another earnings bonanza and its flagship operating system continued to remain conspicuously absent there was plenty for the followers of Redmond's antics to chew over.
Some things never change. It was ten years ago last week that Microsoft’s software architect Ray Ozzie took to the stage of the software giant’s Professional Developer Conference to announce that Azure was on the way.
Gang - Redmond - Tail - Lights - Amazon
The gang at Redmond had been looking anxiously at the tail lights of Amazon’s AWS cloud services disappearing into the distance and decided to take action. A situation which, frankly, hasn’t changed much as, ten years on, AWS still accounts for the lion’s share of the cloud market despite huge strides made by Microsoft.
At the time, however, Ozzie was tightlipped on when developers would actually get their hands on the thing, and it took until February 2010 for the product, codenamed ‘Red Dog’, to make its way out of private beta and into the open.
Exec - Satya - Nadella - Reigns - Rest
An exec called Satya Nadella took the reigns in 2011 and the rest, as they say, is history.
“Windows Azure” became “Microsoft Azure” in 2014, as if to emphasise newly minted CEO’s Nadella’s focus on the cloud rather than the legacy Windows platform. The focus appears to be paying off as Azure revenue leapt 76 per cent in the latest set of financials from the giant. However, the cloudy upstart unit still has some way to go before it surpasses the revenues of Microsoft’s veteran Personal Computing business.
Windows ain’t dead yet.
Nat Friedman stepped through GitHub’s doors as CEO for the first time on Friday as Microsoft closed the $7.5bn deal that saw the code shack join the long line of acquisitions made by Redmond over the years.
EU - Deal - October - Conclusion - Attempts
The EU waved the deal through earlier in October, coming to the entirely reasonable conclusion that attempts by Microsoft...
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