Read this link before reading my comments here:
I believe that this (even more than the 18000 announced last week – most of whom are at Nokia) will force a HUGE reorg of Microsoft before the end of 2014 or at the latest the end of their Fiscal 2015 (June 30, 2015).
I know a lot of “V-“s there and have worked with them for ten years now. Take all of them away on Jan 1, 2016 and the company will simply stop. Like after the Rapture ….
So watch out for something BIG before then.
But this cannot be good for the parts of Office that I mostly care about (Excel and Access, data connectivity and automation) as this may just be a great opportunity to further the diminishment of Excel and Access under cover of the reorg. I think there are few left in there who will speak up now for client versions or for “real” automation and the great BI “story” will likely get seriously watered down.
The insecurity in the Office team that this will bring can only mean more cuts and the remaining staff focused even more exclusively on “Office in the Cloud”. Hmmmm …
It’d be nice to hear someone other than just Tim Rodman to comment on this ,,