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Microsoft CEO says cloud partnership was chiefly driven by Sony

Published: 12:16, 29 July 2019
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Sony and Microsoft CEOs

We've recently had the privilege to witness an event that makes Haley's Comet look like a frequent flier. We're talking about the deal Microsoft have with Sony and the former's CEO said it was Sony who was pushing for the deal to happen.

We've had many a discussion about Microsoft's new direction and leadership, and how what Sony fanboys call a win, isn't really a huge loss for Microsoft, but we were still caught unprepared to see Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker hand in hand.

They ended partnering up in the cloud gaming technology segment, i.e. Microsoft Azure data centres, and at least it wasn't just us who were baffled. Namely, PlayStation staff were as well, seeking clarification on what this means for the future. 

Speaking to Fortune, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella said that it's a new beginning for the two, adding that it wasn't them who were driving the deal. 

"First of all, it's all driven by Sony. They looked at who are all their partners that they can trust. In fact, it turns out, even though we've competed, we've also partnered", he said.

Nadella thinks that Microsoft's business model is solid and that he's not surprised to see Sony put their cloud gaming eggs into the Xbox owner's basket, not least for Nadella's company's success being dependent on how Sony do in the field.

"So we will do the best job for them, whether it's in cloud or whether it's in A.I. or what have you, in order to make sure that Sony can succeed with their own IP creation", he added.

Nadella mentioned that Sony have assets other than PlayStation, such as "interesting devices and silicon businesses", he thinks that some of them could find their home in Microsoft's Azure ecosystem. 

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"Overall, if you look at all the parts of these businesses, whether it’s in entertainment, gaming, or the camera businesses, all of these things can use more cloud computing power. But they can also go-to-market with Microsoft in some industrial cases, especially for their things around cameras", he said.

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