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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somebody
Member since:
2005-07-07

Oh Goodie, the year of the Linux Desktop! It's about time...

It's never going to happen, give it up. I like Linux, I use Linux, but it's not going to get any great market share, ever. It took too long, and now Android is putting Linux in everyone's hands. Desktop Linux was, and is a no show.


only trolls (or clueless) advertise this as total conquering. for normal people it means linux desktop advances to being used more and more. and guess what, it does that every year

android? you are joking, aren't you? even most companies that were biggest pushers of android, now work on tizen. go figure why is that

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Ok, I never said conquer, I said "it is never going to get any great market share, ever"

There are more android phones in existence today then there has ever, ever in the whole history of time, Linux Desktops. To try to argue otherwise is just crazy.

Here are several different webpages claiming high market share for Android:

http://www.gsmarena.com/android_worldwide_marketshare_crosses_80_fo...

http://9to5mac.com/2014/02/12/smartphones-are-now-a-95-android-ios-...

http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/29/android-79-ios-16-wp-4/

Only Samsung has any Tizen devices, and the only shipping one is a smart watch.

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somebody Member since:
2005-07-07

Ok, I never said conquer, I said "it is never going to get any great market share, ever"

There are more android phones in existence today then there has ever, ever in the whole history of time, Linux Desktops. To try to argue otherwise is just crazy.

Here are several different webpages claiming high market share for Android:

http://www.gsmarena.com/android_worldwide_marketshare_crosses_80_fo...

http://9to5mac.com/2014/02/12/smartphones-are-now-a-95-android-ios-...

http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/29/android-79-ios-16-wp-4/

Only Samsung has any Tizen devices, and the only shipping one is a smart watch.


and only trolls or clueless expect great market share with that meme.

not talking about devices now. talking about investing into development. it would make 0 sense to ship xorg based phone unless that phones middle name is "full_of_bloatware". tizen 3 defaults to wayland and couple that with the rest of more standard environment not hogged by one company...

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