It was about time someone shot it straight. While Steve Ballmer’s reign had its fair share of ups, the way the former Microsoft CEO conducted business during his final few years, left a lot to be desired.

He was at the helm when the company initiated the reorganization process, and although it is still going on, things took a radical turn when the new head, Satya Nadella fired up some 18,000 workers following the acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services unit.

Analysts, however, are of the unilateral view that such a painful decision was a must.

Daniel Ives, for example, said in a note to investors that what the new Microsoft CEO is doing right now is simply cleaning up the mess that Steve Ballmer left behind after his retirement in February.

The FBR & Co. analyst is of the opinion that no one can blame Nadella for this significant job cut:

“We believe Nadella is using today as an opportunity to make sure that Microsoft is ready and well-positioned to embark on its next chapter of growth around mobile and cloud.”

According to sources, all Microsoft divisions are impacted by these layoffs, and some even believe that more such layoffs are coming soon within a year’s time.

Interesting times ahead.

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  1. I get so sick reading BS analysis like this. Nadella is still in his honey moon stage, and for his first year or two will get a lot of credit for changes that were probably coming no matter who the CEO was. Can we please stop with the Nadella vs Ballmer stuff. Microsoft needed to shrink in size no matter who the CEO was and what agenda the put in place. These analyst are worse that reporters. They have nothing to talk about, so they make up stuff to talk about

    • Agree with the first part. I do think Nadella has done some nice stuff, but it’s way too early to tell if he’s “cleaning up Ballmer’s mess.” The changes won’t be seen for a while, so it’s just a wait and see, which causes tons of speculation.

    • Rodney Longoria / July 29, 2014 at 8:14 pm /Reply

      Yep, kind of like who the better Dodgers coach was, Walter Alston or Tommy Lasorda! LOL!

    • Mike Greenway / July 30, 2014 at 10:37 am /Reply

      I’m sorry Ray, I just can’t agree this time, analyst are NOT worse that reporters. Granted they are a close second. 😉

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