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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That's a very special use-case, however, and besides, it hasn't been a requirement even before. There are already companies doing this without Wayland.

How is the difference. Before render nodes tech you don't have kernel level splitting.

Doing it without the changes wayland has brought to kernel level in Linux has major issues of security. This also results in stability issues.

Your point is partly correct the possibilities that render nodes open up simply have not been possible todo with quality before. Yes you could do it before but when one program screwed up on the gpu all programs on the gpu could lose context this is even true under Windows.

Multi seat at home has a place. You have your low power tablet and a person is on the PC. If they are not doing anything heavy and the PC has a Linux VDI on it hello you can be using that PC as well.

This is not like XP remote desktop where you take over the PC desktop. Multi-user has a place in the home.

We are looking at a different model. How will the new model Linux will be using fit into the world time will tell.

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