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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BluenoseJake there are two official Tizen devices a camera and a watch. Basically go look up samsungs nx300m.
Android uses Framebuffer that is marked for termination. Wayland compatibility with existing android drivers is about migration.

Tizen is one of the testing ground for new techs. Wayland protocol being one of those that may end up integrated into Android or at least some form of relation.

The death of framebuffer in Linux kernel will see the SurfaceFlinger in android altered.

There is upheavals coming. 1 unified graphical driver solution for all of Linux is going to be a major change. Framebuffer, DRI and UMS all in one system has been a complete disaster. Why has the Linux desktop not taken off. Problem 1 is that it crashes in strange ways due to having too many ways to drive video card.

BluenoseJake yes its very simple to say what Tizen is doing does not matter until you wake up and see that its a proto platform very much like Sailfish OS at the moment. will be pushed to background everywhere in the Linux world.

Wayland will be most of the Linux world at this stage. If not wayland something using the techs developed for Wayland.

End result hardware will cease to be designed for Android alone. Instead be designed for Linux.

79% market share of android is providing the resources required to rebuild the Linux Graphical stack.

Multi user effect of the new stack also has multi distribution support. Yes means to run Android inside will get simpler on Linux with the new graphical systems. Swapping out Android audioflinger for pulseaudio has been possible for quite some time.

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BluenoseJake Member since:

Oh 2 devices. I stand corrected. It's gonna take the world by storm.

If you think you can distill Linux's failure to achieve even modest market share on the desktop to just one thing, one problem, then I have some swampland in Florida you might be interested it.

THe fact remains that the best technology doesn't always (or ususally) win, it's a combination of technology, marketing, support, a whole bevy of things.

It's telling that Tizen runs on just a smart watch and a camera, 2 devices that aren't that customizable, and don't need a lot of apps, and the apps aren't there, and that's what is keeping Win Phone in the single digits. It's what made Android and iOS kings of the mobile world. APPS.

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Really there is more than two items running tizen some very large.

History with the Linux kernel is the best technology normally does win out. Yes its a odd ball.

As I said number 1 issue. There are more than 1 issue why Linux Desktop could not grow. But some are keystone. Try doing support on a OS that can freese up and resume magically or could be kernel locked up.

The issues in the Linux video stack have been huge and painful. Bad tech can make providing customer satisfactory support impossible. Then your don't want to associate your brand with it.

Sorry the fault I point to with Framebuffer DRI and UMS are that bad with no other faults there was no way for the Linux to progress past a minor share.

Of course I am not going to say their are not other faults like lack of applications.

Please remember back to the time of feature phones those lacked applications yet still sold well. Firefox OS and Sailfish OS phones are selling better than Win Phones. Why both of them function very well as just a Phone. Win Phones doing basic functionality is a little harder than it should be.

Apps is only part of the problem for the desktop. How those applications can be provided is another. The changes to the Linux graphical stack effects virtualisation.

To the end user does it really matter how they get access to the application if it works?

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