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

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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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

"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.
" [/q]53% of the total server hardware sold in 2013 is running Windows. The next runner up is Linux at 28%. Maybe you can explain how exactly you sell the most servers and nearly twice as much as the runner up, but are somehow the minority and unable to compete. Or, maybe you didn't know the facts to begin with. As far as Microsofts server presence not coming close to their desktop presence... Who cares? That's apples & oranges.

"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.
" [/q]
It's a milestone that more companies are showing interest in Linux gaming, but only as it pertains to its previous nearly non-existent state. To claim it's going to "deal a serious blow to Windows market share" is laughable to say the least. Linux gaming is no more a threat to Windows gaming than the Linux desktop is to the Windows desktop. It's hard to take people seriously who have fooled themselves into thinking otherwise.

Who is the sucker here? The guy who has convinced himself that Linux gaming is on the verge of success of biblical proportions. Or, the guy who wants to see real tangible proof before considering such outlandish claims?

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