Where Ya Going Microsoft?

2018 June 7
by drdog09

Two events have occurred recently in Microsoft World:

Microsoft is carving up Myerson’s Windows and Devices Group (WDG), moving some pieces of it into one of two new engineering units announced this morning. Some parts of WDG will move under Executive Vice President Rajesh Jha, who is in charge of the new Experiences & Devices org; other components will go to Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie, who is running the newly minted Cloud + AI Platform. Harry Shum, executive vice president of AI & Research, will continue to head up that somewhat streamlined organization, which Microsoft created in 2016.


And …

REDMOND, Wash. — June 4, 2018 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform where more than 28 million developers learn, share and collaborate to create the future. Together, the two companies will empower developers to achieve more at every stage of the development lifecycle, accelerate enterprise use of GitHub, and bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences.

“Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. Subject to customary closing conditions and completion of regulatory review, the acquisition is expected to close by the end of the calendar year.


The acquisition of Git Hub could be a minor disaster. A good chunk of the code base is developed by members whose Open Source Mantra is — Microsoft is the enemy. Equivalent to how Evangelicals would treat the Angel of Darkness. They will go elsewhere.

I propose that the two moves are totally related. Companies who downgrade divisions are generally exiting;
attempting to remove themselves from a corner of the market. It very well could be that Windows 10 ends up on Git Hub code base complete. That would be of interest to these guys.

Why would M$ go this route? I suggest contracts and NDAs are the driver. The Fortune 5000 all have contracts with survivability clauses in them. M$ is bound to third party in escrow clauses in the event they were to die. I suspect that to get out of that and cut the expense stream to support it they will move the code base to Git Hub but maintain some level of control by owning the platform.


14 Responses leave one →
  1. 2018 June 7 7:52 am
    drdog09 permalink

  2. 2018 June 7 7:55 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #1 –

    Lyndon Johnson (1964) was the last Democrat to win the white vote. Democrats saw the writing on the wall, which is why they changed the immigration laws. They realize they cannot win at any level (local, state or federal) unless they change the country’s demographics and keep people from assimilating. And there are “fellow traveler” Republicans like Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham and company who are only too happy to go along.

  3. 2018 June 7 8:28 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    3, good on AL.
    If nothing else, representatives should not be given to states with lots of illegals and shortchanging states with legal citizens.

    2, didn’t Houston have a whacko lesbian mayor? They may be a larger Austin …

  4. 2018 June 7 8:43 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Election analyst Michael Barone looks at the CA results and concludes that the Blue Wave has crested and ebbed. Barone is always cautious and measured in his verbiage but I think we can boil it down to this:
    The tide is rolling, Dems … rolling out!

  5. 2018 June 7 8:51 am
    bc3b permalink

    It appears NFL players have a death wish:


    Long isn’t black, but is working to build “cred” with the bros.

  6. 2018 June 7 9:05 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Bah! The nfl can go pound sand

  7. 2018 June 7 9:09 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Cognitive dissonance.

  8. 2018 June 7 1:18 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Pelosi does another one — https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/7/nancy-pelosi-rips-trump-era-economys-consumer-conf/ — This time bashing consumer confidence.

    Is Nancy cuckoo? Of course she is but then so is her audience. That is the piece the GOP misses. Pelosi is playing to her base, trying to hold it together. Gaining converts is not the point. The GOP has to do what Scott Adams suggest in the last post and play a better persuasion game that lefties understand. Numbers are meaningless to them.

  9. 2018 June 7 2:25 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    On what planet does “Republican leadership” reside?
    Out of all possible issues, why is Amnesty for illegals the top priority…how is that even imaginable?

    House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he hopes to quickly write up an amnesty bill and get it passed through the House.
    “The next step is putting pen to paper so we can start getting legislation to the floor,” Ryan told reporters shortly after he held a Thursday-morning meeting with the GOP caucus to push for a wage-cutting amnesty.
    Ryan suggested he would try to rush the bill to the floor.

    Apparently they claim they want to prevent a group of pro-Amnesty GOPers from joining with the Dems to pass a more radical Amnesty.
    Un. Believe. Able.

  10. 2018 June 7 4:13 pm

    The rinos last harrah. Trump would never sign it unless it funds the wall

  11. 2018 June 7 6:00 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Country Time lemonade vows to stand with any kid who gets legal hassles for having a lemonade stand.
    Cute commercial/public-service-message.
    Not overtly political but I don’t see a pro-Dem company standing for the little guy and standing against Big Gov. So I’m putting these guys in the MAGA camp for now.

  12. 2018 June 7 10:06 pm

    The Windows division moves are yet another head scratcher, but so have been a 100 other decisions with regard to windows in recent years.

    The Git-hub acquisition (I think they over paid a bit) makes sense on a couple fronts and people should be generally happy it’s MS picking it up over the other even worse options that were out there – including folding up shop. The whining about it in some corners is really over the top. You got a company (so many seem to forget github is for-profit entity, has blown through ~350million in VC money ) that is losing money, to the tune of like 20mil a quarter. MS offers a) deep pockets, b) connection to enterprise (ie paying clients), and can cut the expenses probably in half by moving much of if not the entire backend to AZure; c) they use git and git-hub platform themselves already internally at ms (including contributing to gh itself) so safeguards that against competition and against disappearing. Even if they keep on losing say 10million a quarter – so what.. can write it off as marketing expense\goodwill because d) access to eyeballs developers-developers-developers. e) data-mining gold mine(for whoever could grab it)…but that’s whole different topic.


    2 – excellent.
    5 – gop would be stupid to let it’s guard down regardless.
    10 – On the plant where they want to lose the house. ; Even The Turtle said yesterday (fwiw) that he ain’t taking up a daca bill unless the potus is backing it.
    12 -> 10

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