EP 58: The Microsoft Pivot

Posted on September 30, 2016 by Brad Sams in Podcasts, The Sams Report with 8 Comments

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The Sams Report is a weekly podcast that dives deep into the world of Microsoft. With the company transforming the way it operates and Nadella putting his own touch on all aspects of the organization, the Sams Report breaks down the news and offers insight from insider sources.

On this episode, I cover all of the Microsoft news this week including the big week of Ignite, the Microsoft pivot that is occurring, and placeholders are making a return in a big way.

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    dbatools Alpha Member #194 - 3 months ago


    Glad to get a better idea of where Microsoft is taking us.

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    zself Alpha Member #409 - 3 months ago

    Thanks, Brad. I totally missed this week's Ignite news/events.

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      Brad Sams Alpha Member #2 - 3 months ago

      Thanks for listening!

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    ponsaelius Alpha Member #1328 - 3 months ago

    Microsoft have at least done a Windows 10 Mobile session at ignite. It's alwaysa struggle for them these days as no one at Microsoft uses a Windowsphone.

    From what you are saying, and the post on Thurrott today, Continuum has been improved and the they will continue to support their own mobile platform by using a command line option to build it when Windows 10 is updated. Not so much a strategy rather the cheapest option they could fine to at least say they have a mobile platform.

    Their technique for reducing losses of the mobile division by reducing sales to zero seems to be on target at this point. They should do a meetup with Blackberry, Palm and WebOS in the "iphone killer lounge" in Las Vegas. 


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    hrlngrv Alpha Member #100 - 3 months ago

    Encryption in Office documents: dunno about the others, but it only exists in Excel workbooks which have File-Open passwords. If encryption requires passwords, that raises the question how to transmit passwords securely. MSFT has an app for that?

    More fundamentally re Office, can only Office 365 detect threats in Office documents? Well, maybe so in password-protected encrypted ones which would have to be opened to be scanned, but if the document is already open, wouldn't that mean one level of potential threat had already been realized? For unencrypted files and e-mails, is there any reason servers couldn't scan for threats rather than needing to push e-mail and files along to client machines before threats could be detected?

    Also, does this mean Office 365 just can't run on application servers and have I/O fed to client machines' browsers via Citrix Receiver or equivalent? Office 365 (or equivalent) could only run under nonserver Windows SKUs?

    I'm not convinced that by, say, 2020, there really would still be the need to run more than a browser on immobile client machines in the office. Laptops may still need to work disconnected, so still need locally installed software, but tower PCs could be replaced by Chromeboxes or similar thin clients. The only reason Windows on client machines would be more secure would be because MSFT designed other configurations not to be as secure.

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    anchovylover Alpha Member #875 - 3 months ago

    I'm liking this new MS, no longer a lumbering giant it would seem. Having said that though their PR Department could do with a shake up. Brad, you said the future plan for WMobile is to make it more like the desktop. Now that's a pivot if ever I've seen one. 

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    dcdevito Alpha Member #220 - 3 months ago

    Office 365 is a fabulous product, it's just that most people don't need or want it

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    anchovylover Alpha Member #875 - 3 months ago

    Just read on Windows Central that MS have confirmed Ignite is in Florida next year and are already taking bookings.