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Microsoft After Microsoft, Time To Go Under The Radar

Looking at the business fundamentals, there are both very good and very bad signs for Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella. Is there a (positive) lesson in IBM's evolution?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Julien Dupont-Calbo

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PARIS — Try and picture this: It's just after dawn, and outside the closed doors of a big store, a flock of T-shirts are growing impatient. Hundreds of geeks are fighting against sleep so they can be among the first to get their hands on the new … Windows.

This is not the screenplay of some new comedy, or a sci-fi adventure either. This actually happened, all around the world, back in the summer of 1995 when Microsoft released Windows 95.

At the time, Les Echos described it as a "Hollywood-like launch," a "fever" that affected "fanatics." We even wondered whether a "cornered" Apple could resist the onslaught.

That was 19 years ago, an eternity, a time when Bill Gates was more the object of hero-worship than Steve Jobs.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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