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PowerShell inventor Jeffrey Snover gets new gig driving ‘modern workforce transformation’

Which appears to involve buying lots of AI-infused Microsoft SaaS

Microsoft’s Jeffrey Snover invented PowerShell, had a big hand in the development of Windows Server, was chief architect for big bits of Azure and has been hailed as a Technical Fellow of the software titan.

And now he’s taken on a new as CTO of something called “modern workforce transformation”.

Microsoft has banged on about “modern workplaces” for a while now, using it as a catchphrase for Microsoft 365’s combination of SaaS, automation and online collaboration.

But the term “modern workforce transformation” isn’t one that Microsoft has regularly used and hasn't made it into the official emissions from this week's Build event.

Snover himself, in a Tweet announcing his move, seemingly hinted that he’d explain the role in future.

Perhaps Snover’s LinkedIn profile offers a clue to his intentions, as he described his previous gig as Architect for the Office 365 Intelligent Substrate Platform as “Applying the most important new technology (AI) to one of our most important assets (everything in O365).”

It’s not hard to imagine Microsoft throwing the term “modern workforce transformation” at AI-infused personal productivity combined with the cloud. And lots of new licences. ®

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