Not expecting much from W9 then
For a company the size of MS to lay of 18000 people is by no means a simple choice. Obviously something is going on behind the scenes that we are probably not aware of. First and foremost there will be the obvious financial reasons, secondly the workforce has probably become bloated and needs trimming like the OSs and third, Gates and Balmer are increasingly becoming historical figures, their influence must be waning.
If it means that new teams will arise and new ideas, then why not, it would probably be a good thing. They appear to be struggling on many fronts; innovation has become a waning moon. Xbox , meehhhh, (PS4 suffers the same though), W8 + W9, well they are basically revamps and fat cutting of W7. Office 365, no thanks. W2012, Ok and that’s about it.... Bing, let’s not even get into the subject.
C’mon MS, do us all a favour, renew your teams, push Nadella out into early retirement and bring in some fresh ideas and sparkle. ( Apple could probably do with a bit of the same)....