To Moorhead and others, Microsoft risked fracturing already-strained relationships with developers by promoting apps on a non-Windows OS.
But by Thursday, Moorhead and other analysts were singing a different tune, applauding Microsoft for demonstrating that it was serious about its devices and services strategy, or as Nadella has put it, a "mobile-first, cloud-first" strategy — even if that meant discarding the "Windows-first" philosophy it's adhered to for decades.
"This was the proof point of delivering on the devices and services strategy," Moorhead said last week.
Microsoft will kick off Build April 2 with a keynote address scheduled to run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET). As at past Build conferences, Microsoft will live stream the keynote from its Channel 9 website and the conference's own page. Nadella is expected to participate in the keynote, just as Ballmer did in the years prior.
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