Yesterday, Microsoft’s former chief operating officer Kevin Turner made waves with his departure from the company. Turner’s departure was punctuated by Microsoft organizationally reshuffling the responsibilities of his position to funnel more of the daily sales operation functions towards CEO Satya Nadella’s desk.
News of Turner’s move of leaving Microsoft to become CEO of Citadel Securities followed a string of rumors and speculations about Microsoft’s board pushing for more focus on its seemingly in flux sales operations where Turner was at the helm.
According to a Bloomberg report:
The board is examining whether Microsoft has invested enough in its complete cloud lineup, Thompson said. It’s not just about developing better cloud technology — it’s a question of how the company sells those products and its strategy for recruiting partners to resell Microsoft’s services and build their own offerings on top of them. Persuading partners to develop compatible applications is a strong point for cloud market leader Amazon.com Inc., he said.”
On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, we’ll see a clearer picture of how Microsoft’s continued transition to the cloud is going as the company will be publishing its fiscal year 2016 fourth-quarter financial results after the close of the markets that day.
There will be a live webcast of the earnings call up for viewing around 2:30 p.m. PTD. Specifically, we’ll be keeping an eye on the numbers around profits (not revenue) surrounding Azure, how well Office 365 subscriptions are doing, and how the Windows 10 free upgrade continues to affect the company’s bottom line.
Visit WinBeta on July 19, 2016, to get detailed breakdowns of Microsoft’s numbers and what they mean for the company going forward.