Steve Ballmer thinks Microsoft is sugarcoating

Remember Steve Ballmer? Of course you do. Of course current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella does. Ballmer’s the largest shareholder of the company. And while you may have slights against Ballmer’s corporate management tactics, he certainly has a beef with Microsoft’s financial reporting practices.

Microsoft had its annual shareholders meeting today. The company projected an annualized rate of sales that would grow the company’s cloud business to $20 billion by 2018.

Ballmer is not happy that the Redmond giant would not disclose profit margins or sales for its hardware and cloud operations — typically lower-margin portions of Microsoft’s business.

The former CEO is also not satisfied that Nadella responded to a question about the rather tepid Windows app ecosystem by promoting organic universal app development for all screen sizes. That still means another app for devs to write beyond Android and iOS. Windows 10 Mobile devices will need “to run Android apps,” according to Ballmer.

Project Astoria, the effort to bridge Android apps to the Windows ecosystem, has been suspended indefinitely while the equivalent iOS bridge has been deemed successful.

If conversion or organic developing will net Windows 10 a Starbucks app, as the original asker suggested, that has yet to be determined.

Source: GeekWire, Bloomberg
Via: WMPoweruser

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Jules Wang
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