To many, Microsoft's identity is still very much tied to Windows, the legacy platform that defined personal computing for three decades. But that view is now outdated: Microsoft has long earned more revenues from its cloud/server and office productivity businesses. And Windows doesn't align with the "growth mindset" that CEO Satya Nadella demands.
Last week's decapitation of the Windows organization was designed to put an end to that unhealthy reminder of the past. And it's working, generally speaking: Wall Street cheers every time that Microsoft pushes its digital transformation, and nothing says transformation and Microsoft quite so well as the software giant exorcising its legacy past.