The challenge for Microsoft is to pull all those cloud offerings into coherent, customizable packages that make sense for customers. Currently, just finding information about them requires surfing dozens of Microsoft websites. Of course, Microsoft partners will need to play a role in pulling together those solutions as well, and as usual there are rough edges in many of Microsoft's offerings that will need to ironed out. But really, who else has a more complete cloud portfolio?
Microsoft's problems with execution, particularly out of the gate, are legendary. But with a wholesale changing of the guard, a more substantive embrace of open source, the rumored commonsense fixes for Windows 8, and even the decision to ditch an awful employee ranking system all make the prospects for the company meeting its future challenges more hopeful than they've ever been. It seems to me that a CEO who can understand the complexity of the issues involved in the transition to the cloud — the biggest leap in Microsoft's history — will be a necessity.
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