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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shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

MS lost it on the server as well. Desktop is largely dominated by Windows of course, but even that already starts to change.

Linux desktop just made a serious breakthrough in the recent year - gaming companies started paying attention and making releases for Linux, as well as most major digital distributors are shipping (or going to) Linux games. This will snowball and boost Linux desktop adoption. Wayland is important here because it's a serious improvement which is long overdue. I'm waiting for more Wayland on mobile as well though. Android needs more competition. Those who didn't notice all recent milestone developments just don't pay attention.

Edited 2014-04-08 05:19 UTC

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

MS lost it on the server as well.

Microsoft has a massive presence in the server world.

Desktop is largely dominated by Windows of course, but even that already starts to change.

Where is this change happening? I don't see anyone jumping ship from Microsoft to go to linux in any mention-worthy numbers. Microsoft absolutely dominates the desktop, as it has for many many years.

Linux desktop just made a serious breakthrough in the recent year - gaming companies started paying attention and making releases for Linux, as well as most major digital distributors are shipping (or going to) Linux games. This will snowball and boost Linux desktop adoption. Wayland is important here because it's a serious improvement which is long overdue. I'm waiting for more Wayland on mobile as well though. Android needs more competition. Those who didn't notice all recent milestone developments just don't pay attention.

I'm not willing to call the recent movements as a "serious breakthrough". Before I can put that label on it, I need more proof that it's actually going to happen and we get something tangible rather than the typical false hopes and press releases never followed by anything substantial.

Even if linux gaming does get better, and even if the linux desktop becomes more than a punchline - and those are major ifs - linux would still have a slow, long, painful, and expensive mountain to climb to ever become any real competition for Windows on the desktop. I think you're grossly overestimating the growth linux could experience even in the best case scenario.

I couldn't care less about announcements. People say one thing Monday and something else by Tuesday. Fluff might work on some people but I need more proof than that. You should want more than words as proof too, especially considering how horrible the linux desktop & gaming trackrecord is.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

You should want more than words as proof too, especially considering how horrible the linux desktop & gaming trackrecord is.


I was there between 1994 and 2002.

Then I realized OS are just a tool and I value productivity above tool religion. Not to mention all corporations are alike anyway.

Having spend some time connected to the games industry also helped to open my eyes to what really matters.

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Microsoft has a massive presence in the server world.

Still a minority which can't compete with other OSes globally. So they lost it there, and never managed to come even close to their desktop domination.

I couldn't care less about announcements.


Those aren't announcements. Companies which before didn't care or weren't interested are developing games for Linux now. It is a milestone, whether you like it or not. And it will deal a serious blow to Windows market share going forward. MS fears that, which shows that they are well aware of these dynamics. That's why they rush to open their gaming toolkits and etc. But that won't help them to reverse the tide.

Edited 2014-04-08 15:50 UTC

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

MS lost it on the server as well.


Really? Better check the server room of many of our customers.

The majority of our enterprise projects are always a mix of UNIX/Windows.

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delta0.delta0 Member since:
2010-06-01

The Internet is controlled by Linux, every major website you and I visit runs on Linux:

Amazon,Google,Yahoo,ebay,facebook,wikipedia,linkedin,twitter,blogspot, wordpress,engadget,theverge, osnews ... Which of them runs windows ? I bet Skype runs on Linux still.

Then financial:

FTSE,NYSE... all of it runs on Linux..

Air Traffic Control:

Germany,UK,US (FAA) all run on Linux (probably the majority of air traffic control is managed by Linux servers now)

NASA:
Most of it is on Linux, ISS has moved all of its laptops to Linux.

DNS:
All DNS Root Domains either Run on Linux or Unix.

Travel companies:
Expedia,hotels.com,Kuoni,lastminute.com all Linux

Practically everything mission critical has shifted across to Linux - where is windows ?

I don't need to provide anecdotal evidence, or provide un-named enterprises, I can point to real world multi-billion dollar companies whose whole infrastructure runs on Linux. This is why spreading misinformation is a fools game, especially when the most important mission critical systems in operation all run on Linux.

About the only thing I have seen windows being used for is AD and Exchange, even this is declining as more businesses shift to mac book pros and to the "cloud" - who cares about AD ?

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