Microsoft Chairman Thompson Wants to Move Faster on Cloud Plan

  • Chairman praises CEO Nadella for improving view of company
  • Thompson, an angel investor, said startups need cloud focus

John Thompson: Microsoft Should Move Faster on Cloud Plan

Microsoft Corp. Chairman John Thompson said the company is moving forward with its cloud and applications strategy, but needs to move faster to keep ahead of its rivals.

“If ever I would like to see something change, it’s about pace,” he said in an interview on Bloomberg Television. For large companies like Microsoft even when they operate more rapidly “you’re never moving as fast as a startup.”

Thompson, who has invested in startups in industries such as computer security and data storage, said tech companies need solid cloud strategies because those with a focus on traditional on premise software won’t be able to grow in the future.

As Microsoft tries to narrow the gap in cloud computing services with market leader Inc., it also must keep an eye on competitors like Google Inc. and International Business Machines Corp.

“We’re not going to sit idly by and let them catch us,” he said.

Thompson, a director since February 2012, praised Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella for changing the culture at Microsoft and boosting both employee and external perceptions of the company.

“None of us could have possibly imagined a few years ago that the perception of our company would have changed as profoundly as it has,” he said.

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