Microsoft vet DelBene called up to fix

The Obama administration will name Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene as its point person to fix what ails, according to Politico. DelBene, who is president of Microsoft’s  Office division. would replace Jeff Zientz, who will move on to be the director of the National Economic Council next year. DelBene has government connections: His wife is freshman Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.).

Today in Cloud

Despite significant investment, repeated affirmations at the highest level, and a range of worthy applications, Microsoft’s cloud aspirations tend to receive short shrift amongst cynical commentators. Wired‘s Cade Metz sat down recently with two Microsoft execs, Kurt DelBene and Satya Nadella, to hear their response to the oft-repeated question, “is [Microsoft] serious about cloud computing?” The evidence would suggest that, corporately, Microsoft is very serious indeed. It just has the unenviable task of turning a very large oil tanker around, and persuading the crew to stay aboard in the process. I wouldn’t discount Microsoft yet.