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Bill Gates: Microsoft must make significant cloud improvements

Bill Gates thinks Microsoft can make significant improvements to its cloud storage services and in his new advisory role the co-founder could be in line to assist new CEO Satya Nadella in that very department.

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Gates’ comments were made during a Reddit Ask Me Anything sessions that covered a wide range of subjects including the firm’s line of Surface Pro 2 tablets, which Gates insists is the only tablet that he uses.

“Office connected to the cloud has a lot of potential and we are off to a good start. Cloud storage needs to be a lot richer, though,” Gates stated, according to Cloud Pro.

The answer came as part of a question relating to Gates’ “favourite ever” Microsoft project with it hardly a surprise that he opted for the OS that started it all.

“The Windows project, which required a lot of patience, was great. Office was also great. Together they defined the big success of the 1990s for Microsoft,” he added.

Gates will assist Nadella as part of his new role as board technology advisor that will see him help to sculpt the company’s future in the mobile, cloud and business sectors, Gates revealing that it was Nadella who had suggested the role.

“I was thrilled Satya asked me to pitch in to make sure Microsoft is ambitious with its innovation. Even in Office there is a lot more than can be done,” he said. “I make sure we pick ambitious scenarios and that we have a strong architecture to deliver on them. I encourage good work [hopefully].”

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Nadella takes outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer’s seat and the appointment was confirmed by Microsoft at the start of this month after almost six months of searching and the list of candidates whittled down from 100 until they decided on the Microsoft man.