Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Apr 2014 22:17 UTC
Microsoft

It looks like the Internet of Things could be the next big computing battleground, and Microsoft seems willing to sacrifice a few battles in order to win that war. Facebook is chasing virtual reality; Google wants home automation, smartwatches, and internet-connected glasses. More than 200 billion devices are likely to be connected to the internet by 2020, a huge example of the way the technology industry will shift and new battles will emerge. Satya Nadella believes the future isn't Windows desktops, Windows tablets, and Windows Phones. It's not Windows everywhere, it's Microsoft everywhere, offering software and services for every device - including an entire world of interconnected devices that have yet to be built.

The speed with which is doing this u-turn makes it quite clear that people within the company wanted to do this for a long, long time (otherwise it could not have been done this quickly), which implies that Ballmer may have simply held these changes back.

The elephant in the room here is that while people talk about Microsoft as if the company is down and out, it's still hugely profitable and has consistently been posting great financial results. It's just that Microsoft's money isn't coming from sexy products like smartphones and tablets, but from enterprise and backend stuff - stuff the technology press either can't write about, doesn't understand, or both. It's very similar to all those articles claiming Apple no longer innovates and disrupts, even though the company sent shockwaves through the microprocessor world.

In any case, it seems like Microsoft finally found the right direction in this new world.

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Microsoft's money is from lawsuits
by ozonehole on Tue 8th Apr 2014 00:50 UTC
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The elephant in the room here is that while people talk about Microsoft as if the company is down and out, it's still hugely profitable and has consistently been posting great financial results. It's just that Microsoft's money isn't coming from sexy products like smartphones and tablets

Increasingly, Microsoft's money comes lawsuits. The huge amount they rake in by threatening Android vendors is classic. They also fund the highly misnamed Intellectual Ventures which is a blatant patent-troll.

On the technological front, I just recently had firsthand experience trying to install Linux on a Windows-8 laptop with UEFI Secure Boot. It was damn near impossible, as you couldn't boot to BIOS without first loading Windows. This is Microsoft's wet dream - force laptop makers to manufacture machines that can only run Windows.

I've been forced to buy Windows in the past (because it came pre-installed) but I will no longer do so. Windows pre-installed is in my opinion a virus. No more compromises - I'm going to vote with my wallet.

Fortunately, there are still a few ways to escape Microsoft's clutches. I just bought a desktop with no OS preinstalled - I put Debian on it without issues. When I decide that I need a new laptop, it will probably be a Chromebook.

My old 2G cell phone is Nokia, but now that Microsoft owns that company, you can rest assured that Nokia is scratched off my list when I get a replacement phone. I won't buy any Android phone if the manufacturer is paying Microsoft for a "license."

Microsoft - the company that ruined computing. I probably won't live long enough to experience the day when I can dance on Microsoft's grave, but it's nice to dream about it.

Edited 2014-04-08 00:54 UTC

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