Several newsy Microsoft items of interest this afternoon:
- It looks like the top contenders for the Microsoft chief financial officer job are Windows marketing and finance chief Tami Reller and Business division finance head Amy Hood — at least according to Bloomberg News, which also says Rik van der Kooi, chief operating officer for the Online Services unit, is a contender as well. Current Microsoft CFO Peter Klein had announced last month that he would be stepping down at the end of the fiscal year in June. The company had said that it would be naming a replacement from an internal pool of candidates.
- A public preview of Windows Blue, the expected major update to Windows 8, will be released at the Build developer conference in June. That’s according to Julie Larson-Green, CVP for Windows software and hardware engineering, who spoke today at the Wired Business Conference, according to the official Windows blog
- Since January, when Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 University launched, a quarter of consumers buying Office have chosen the subscription model, according to Microsoft. “This exceeded our expectations, given that software subscriptions are relatively new to most consumers,” according to an official Microsoft blog post. The post was written following Adobe’s announcement that it would be discontinuing development of its Creative Suite and focusing on its subscription offering, Creative Cloud. Microsoft said though “we think subscription software-as-a-service is the future,” that it will take time to move people over to that model and that , for the forseeable future, Microsoft will continue to offer Office as either a subscription or through software packages.
The Office team also said, in a separate blog post, that over the next year or so it will be investing more in making it easier for users to collaborate in the cloud and to edit from more devices across different platforms.