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Uniting With Rivals? Welcome to the New Microsoft.

There may be no more surprising development in technology over the past year than Microsoft’s radical transformation into an industry collaborator.

Long surviving on huge license and maintenance fees for its proprietary Windows and Office software, Microsoft historically wanted to sell you the full stack, from the operating system on your desktop to the security, networking and storage in data center servers. It didn’t matter if someone else could do it better.

Satya Nadella, who succeeded Steve Ballmer as chief executive officer a year ago, is doing the once unthinkable: unbundling.

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