""That’s a very different model for Microsoft and one our investors are going to have to suck it up and embrace, because the alternative is don’t embrace the cloud and you wake up one day and you look just like -- guess who?" Thompson doesn’t finish the sentence, but makes it clear he’s referring to IBM, the company where he spent more than 27 years, which he says is "not relevant anymore." IBM declined to comment.Microsoft Board Mulls Sales Force Revamp to Speed Shift to Cloud - Bloomberg
The pressure is good for Microsoft, Thompson said -- pressure tends to result in change.
"You can re-imagine things when you’re stressed. It’s a lot easier to do it when you’re stressed because you feel compelled to do something," Thompson said. "I see a lot of stress at Microsoft.""
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Microsoft Board Mulls Sales Force Revamp to Speed Shift to Cloud - Bloomberg
Final paragraphs from a Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson interview