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

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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i could see way more benefits in "here is your screen, draw in it" wayland paradigm than render nodes. sure, multi seat is neat, but not really mass attraction

with simplifying that base approach, they actually made shitload of possibilities. just bad example, wine always suffered from conversion to X11 where they were really bound to play by set rules which were different from the ones they were remaking. instead, wine could take way more native approach. and same as wine, there is shitload of other possibilities where something can take much more native approach when it is not bound to x11 rules

(warning, another bad example here, i suck at it) or canvas rotation in painting software. do you need it with wayland? or better, do you even want it? it is nothing but extra code and slower execution. just separate tools from painting and act as nothing ever happened. btw, your software has canvas rotation

wayland has some nifty features, but "here is your rectangle, draw in it" is by far best, especially when you consider previous state called x11

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