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No returning to ‘Classic Microsoft’ under Nadella

Fortune’s Andrew Nusca takes a look at Microsoft’s Enterprise approach in 2016, with a focus on the changes in the Enterprise department, and the importance of cloud-based services. It’s a piece that Microsoft’s PR team will love, but many people who have been burned by Microsoft in the past will need a bit more convincing. But change is under way: Still, the cloud represents a chance for Microsoft to make up for a lot of missed opportunities. “For the first time in probably 10 years, there’s a key secular trend on which Microsoft is at the very forefront,” Weiss says.

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Another end of the line for MixRadio

Part of me thinks that a service that has died so any times just to be brought back to life again can never be considered ‘dead-dead’, but the announcement today that MixRadio is be closed feels much more terminal. Picked up by LINE from Microsoft (who picked it up from the Nokia Lumia team, who picked it up from the Nokia Music project, who picked it up from Ovi Music, who picked it up from the Nokia 5310, who picked it up from a Series 40 test app…), MixRadio is a personalised radio station that worked… offline listening, artist seeding,

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Microsoft Erases The Last Bit Of Zune Branding

News via Paul Thurrott that Microsoft’s last grandfathered piece of Zune Content – the Zune Music Pass – is about to be archived. Users of the subscription music service that also offered ten free DRM-free downloads a month will be switched to the Groove music service (neé Xbox Music Pass) in October. And yes, the ten free downloads are not carrying over: As of November 15, 2015, Zune services will be retired, You will no longer be able to stream or download content to your device from the Zune music service. However, Zune devices will still function as music players

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Another commentator notes the ‘Normandy’ name and the hidden message to Microsoft from Nokia

Charles Arthur at The Guardian pitches an interesting idea to Microsoft’s new CEO. Drop Windows Phone and fork Android. Windows Phone was a wonderful project, but it was too late; the benefits of integration across handset, tablet and desktop simply haven’t appeared. The vast majority of people who use a desktop PC don’t use a Windows smartphone, and there’s no chance of that changing any time soon – or ever, actually. AOSP offers Microsoft the chance to remake its mobile strategy so that it exploits all the strengths of its most bitter rival – it’s free, widely available – and

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“Sure as day follows night, sure as eggs is eggs, sure as every even-numbered Windows release is rubbish”

Some time ago I pointed out that Windows 7 would be a ‘good’ release of Windows compared to the ‘poor’ versions that the OS seems to alternate through (Windows 98, Me, XP, Vista, 7). It’s a bit like the ‘odd numbered Star Trek movies are rubbish’ rule of thumb. What happens when you extend the pattern to the major branding today? XP good, Vista poor, 7 good, 8 poor, 9 good? Is it any wonder that Microsoft are as keen as possible to get to the next major version of Windows, even if it just a significant iteration on Windows 8?

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