Is Microsoft is becoming a Linux vendor?

On Microsoft’s own Azure cloud, 75% of machines run Linux. These are Microsoft customers who are running Linux. Microsoft needs to support the platform they use, or they will go somewhere else.

To that end, Microsoft has written a Linux subsystem in Windows, that allows users/admins to run bash commands.

Is Microsoft’s victory a loss for traditional Linux vendors? To some degree, yes. Microsoft has become a direct competitor. But the clear winner here is Linux.

Microsoft doesn’t own any Linux technologies. They are totally dependent on an external vendor, in this case Canonical, for their entire Linux layer. Too risky a proposition, if Canonical gets acquired by a fierce competitor.

Read the full story from CIO magazine here

Agonizing death of the Windows Phone

Agonizing death of the Windows Phone

Interesting summary of the slow agonizing death of the Windows Phone from Forbes. Ruthless Microsoft’s Smart Decision To Kill Windows Phone.

A better read from WSJ in July 2015 predicted the demise.  In the WSJ report, Apple profit per phone was more than double every other manufacturer combined.

With only 4.5 million Lumia devices sold in Q4 2015, Microsoft’ mobile hardware reached the heady heights of a 1.1 percent market share.

Open Source for Microsoft Windows, just a mater of time

Open Source for Microsoft Windows, just a mater of time

Developers have been “hammering” on Microsoft since the early 2000s when the LAMP stack took off.  One of the reasons that LAMP flourished were complaints about performance and reliability of Internet Information Server (IIS) and the lack of API documentation for Windows 2000 and 2003.  Microsoft has seen the same problem with Internet Explorer (IE) which led to Chrome, Firefox and Safari’s domination of the consumer market.  If it weren’t for business applications tied (read “handcuffed”) to IE, Microsoft’s browser market share would be similar to the Windows Phone.  On that note, in my opinion, open source for the Windows Phone is too late. It’s a moribund OS (unless Microsoft buys a product like Xamarin).

The goods news is “there’s a new sheriff in town” (I’m dating myself with a reference to character Reggie Hammond in 48 hours).  There’s some interesting new developments and an interesting quote from the Azure CTO.

“It’s definitely possible,” Russinovich says. “It’s a new Microsoft.”

Full Story: Wired