But is it needed in a company that sells business productivity software? No. It could be easily spun out, and perhaps Robbie Bach and J Allard will return to steer the ship. The circumstances around their departure were always a little murky, but some reports have said they clashed with now-departed Windows chief Steve Sinofsky.
Ghaffari is right to call for a streamlining of Microsoft. It's obviously too big and bloated and doesn't need to be all things to all people. The challenge now becomes getting the right person for that job in Ballmer's place, preferably before the Nokia deal closes and they have one more divestiture to handle.
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