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Coronavirus: CEO Satya Nadella on why he feels Microsoft will come out pretty strong

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26th March, 2020 09:55 IST
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thinks that with the abatement of the coronavirus crisis in Asia, the hardware supply chain is coming back online but isn’t sure whether demand holds up in the US and Europe. The India-born CEO voiced his thoughts in an interview with CNBC.

When asked if the American tech giant would be able to hold on to its promise of delivering products that have been held back due to COVID-19 later this year, Nadella reportedly said, “On the supply side we are getting back on rails. We have a great balance sheet, we are a very diverse business, we have a mix of annuity, non-annuity, that is also stronger than even the last time we even went into the financial crisis,” he said. “I feel confident we’ll come out of this, frankly, pretty strong.”

The new Microsoft devices include the Surface devices and the revamped Xbox console.

As per the report, the CEO says that Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and services have been able to bear the strain of the demand surge. “If this was a previous generation of data centre architectures or software architectures, I don’t think we would have been able to deal with this crisis as effectively as we have been able to,” he told CNBC.

In the latest news, Microsoft has decided to pause all optional non-security releases for supported versions of Windows and its server products, as per an Engadget report. The C and D updates usually rolled out during the third and fourth week of each month respectively, are being suspended. However, the company would hold off until May before pausing the optional releases. The scheduled end of service date for the Windows 10 Enterprise, Education and IoT editions has also been reportedly postponed from April 14 to October 13.
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