The Cloud is the answer. What was the question?
Msft are a nasty employer. Where they can (where law permits, namely not Germany or France). They routinely rank there employees against each other in a high subjective manner. Then they get rid of the bottom 20% every year through one method or another.
No loyalty to staff, little loyalty from staff. Seemingly less so from customers and suppliers. BUT huge critical mass (read: $$$$s). US Tech Giants eh?
Don't worry though, the Cloud will save us all....