Microsoft's Makeover: Nadella Confirmed, Ballmer Vindicated

Last week, Microsoft gave its quarterly report, and it was a big deal. This was CEO Satya Nadella's first real quarter and the Nokia merger was completed.

This is only the beginning of the Microsoft makeover, but two things indicate that in the end, Ballmer finally did what was right for Microsoft in preparing the company for Nadella - and Nadella as the right choice to lead the firm. Was validated.

Let me walk you through this and close the week with my product: Instant Home Automation System.

Microsoft financial

The interesting part of Microsoft Financials is that most of the news in the divisions was good news. The company's earnings were low, but largely because the revenue-boosting incentive programs last year were not this year. Nevertheless it performed better than expected.

Cloud offerings Office 365 and Azure were up, but Azure was the product to watch most closely, as he was running the product area before taking over as CEO of Satya Nadella.

The group was in the 100 percent development category. This is amazing performance - and given that Azure is a good future deal for Microsoft, it validated the decision that Nadella was the best person to run Microsoft.

Both investors and employees see success as an important metric in leadership ability, and astounding success should equal, in their minds, equally surprising potential, which is important if Nadella needs these people to follow their own direction. Better to follow his predecessor, Steve Ballmer.

Given that Nadella still has only a few months at work, these financial results - including Azure - are testament to the team, the team Balmer left for Nadella, showing that he found the company better than him, and Nadella Gates never gave him a boost.

In short, Ballmer learned from his experience and did not repeat Gates' mistake, making sure that Nadella would hit the running rather than running in the field, as he had. This is a major accomplishment, and with Nadella's far greater competence as a software / services subject matter expert, this augurs well for Nadella's Microsoft.

Nokia factor

Nokia joined Microsoft as a formal part of the company last week, but it left behind many of its manufacturing components. Which suggests that going forward, it is likely that more contract manufacturers will use them, as does everyone else. Microsoft's costs associated with the phone should be reduced and allowed to improve so that the scale of some other economies can be taken advantage of.

What will be interesting is what happens between the Surface and Nokia tablet lines. I really think the Surface Pro should survive as a strong laptop / tablet hybrid, while Nokia's 2525 should replace the Surface 2 as a better tablet / laptop.

That's because with the Intel Core processor, the panoramic screen that uses the Surface works better in laptop mode, making the Surface Pro better than having a laptop, while the 1520's iPad-like portrait measurements make it better as a tablet. . The ARM (Qualcomm Snapdragon) processor also speaks to that capability.

Nokia tends to lean largely on Microsoft, and the end result should be a more powerful offering. Its hardware, coupled with a robust OneDrive, Office and Azure back end, should result in a better alternative to Android and iPad.

Apple's financial performance revealed that the iPad is weakening in the market, making the time right for the newly focused Microsoft effort.

Whatever it is with Microsoft's strong financials and now Nokia devices on it is far more ready to do what it has been in a decade. While this is clearly not out of the woods, this combination, coupled with renewed confidence and what appears to be a weak Apple, should be enough to put it back into the mobile game and better block inroads by corporate competitors.

Last week was a good week for the firm, and after what seems like a bad week of nearly a decade for Microsoft, it's a big deal.

Product of the week: Insteon Home Automation

It actually looks like home automation is closing down again, with Google purchasing the Nest and a huge focus on this segment by various major players. The best system currently on the market, and the one running my house, is Insteon. I have been using this system for many years.

The company upgraded it some time ago with both wireline and wireless capabilities, and recently implemented a wireless hub that controls most modules and uses iOS and Android applications.

The system has modules that will run overhead fans, operate outdoors in the weather, and control both dimming and non-dimming (LED / CFL) lights. Insteon also offers partner kits that will automate door locks and integrate with alarm systems, making its solution the most comprehensive - and from my experience, the most reliable - platform in the market.
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