Microsoft Reorganizes to Fuel Cloud and A.I. Businesses

Microsoft Reorganizes to Fuel Cloud and A.I. Businesses Photo In an email to employees on Thursday, Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella cited the central role of cloud computing and the advances in artificial intelligence as reasons for a reorganization. Credit Bryan Thomas for The New York Times The Windows era at Microsoft, long in eclipse, is officially history.
Microsoft said on Tuesday that it was splitting up its Windows engineering team and that the leader of its Windows business was leaving.
The moves, analysts said, were part of a reorganization intended to accelerate Microsoft’s emphasis on newer, faster-growing businesses like cloud computing and data-fueled artificial intelligence. That shift, they noted, has been underway since Satya Nadella became chief executive in 2014.
In an email to employees, Mr. Nadella cited the central role of cloud computing and the advances in artificial intelligence — and their potential across all the company’s products. The organizational..

Saudi Arabia Almost Had a Fashion Week

Saudi Arabia Almost Had a Fashion Week LONDON — Business class plane tickets and five-star hotel rooms had been booked for scores of guests. The dazzling eco-friendly Apex Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, designed by the architect Zaha Hadid, had been chosen as a site. And a four-day schedule, featuring local Arab designers and European brand names including Roberto Cavalli and Jean Paul Gaultier, had been confirmed for weeks.
Then last Friday, just three days before an opening-night gala was to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s first fashion week, the event was abruptly postponed.
Some observers blamed widespread issues stemming from Western models and journalists unsuccessfully trying to secure travel visas in the run-up to the shows. Others whispered of a pushback from more conservative government officials against some members of the Saudi royal family who were more supportive of bringing fashion catwalks to one of the most conservative countries in the world.
Either way, over the weekend, n..