Some thoughts on Microsoft and the CEO shift
Posted on 02-06-14 09:53 pm

Yesterday, Microsoft finally announced their choice of new CEO. You probably heard, but if you hadn't, or you wanted to learn more about it, here's a very comprehensive article on the matter.

All joking aside, I'm very curious to see what happens here. As I see it, Microsoft is at a pivoting point. They can either leap forward back into their 2005 relevance, or they can continue to be their current hit and miss, too big to fail company. I mean that in the nicest way possible; Microsoft makes some great stuff, and some not so great stuff. They have some awesome designs and a huge potential for disrupting the computing scene, but that's all it is right now. Potential. And I hope, genuinely, that Microsoft's next years involve improving their products for the end consumers, and making computing easier, better, and more efficient.

I see Microsoft right now as replacing where Apple has gained in the past. I only say that because I can't help but feel like Apple is losing their touch, and is receeding in their niche. The way I see it, Surfaces and ultrabooks are replacing MacBooks for students, Android and (maybe) Windows tablets are replacing iPads. That's just from my experience, but I'm sure you could grab some numbers to support the claim. Both are equally meaningless speculation.

Where am I going with this? Here's the tl;dr: Microsoft is going through some major changes. By the time I'm out of college, which is hopefully 4 years, Microsoft can either be a dominating power leading a better experience, or at its current marketshare with struggles to make gains. I don't know which I prefer, honestly, but I would love to see computing, as a whole, improve from its 2012-13 condition.

As for me? I'm not sure what to think. I want to see a company succeed and take care of consumers as a whole. Microsoft has some good stuff, and so does Google, and so does Apple. But fragmentation really takes a toll, and I hate seeing political disagreements hurt the end user. I'm not saying one company should rule them all. Absolutely not. I'm just saying, I should be able to view my calendar on whatever phone I use, without switching providers.

Well, that's all that was on my mind. For the next four years, let's cheer on tech as a whole, and hope Nadella's leadership can improve the computing scene for everyone.

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