"In March, Google announced Data Studio 360, a product to help its business customers make charts, graphs, and other visualizations of their data.
"This week, Google announced a free version of Data Studio 360 for "individuals and small teams." It's a little shift that could shake up the market in a big way.
" "One of the fundamental ideas behind Data Studio is that data should be easily accessible to anyone in an organization. We believe that as more people have access to data, better decisions will be made," writes Google in a blog entry."
As I've said before, by de-emphasizing Windows, Microsoft makes itself just one more application vendor. There will be lots of competition.
LOL Happy talk.
Yeah, Microsoft can now work at things it knows how to do, like Linux on Azure. Whoopee do. Wake me up when Azure exceeds Amazon's market share.
I love the ads I'm seeing on Android these days. Microsoft is urging users to build Linux virtual machines on Azure. Good idea, actually. Microsoft might as well make money by supporting Linux, if it can't prosper any other way.
LOL Thus the shillbots expose the limitations of their programming. Their only response to adverse news is to mouth off as if it were not about Microsoft.
Quoting some more;
"One Google+ reader commented that Chrome OS, the Linux-based operating system that runs on Chromebooks is "a web browser, not a desktop. Good thing, but not the same at all.”
"Torvalds' response to that commenter hits the nail on the head:
" It's not a desktop exactly the same way that PC's were not "real computers" when they started showing up?
"The arguments were the same back then. "Cheap toy, you can't get real work done".
"The whole "it's not the same thing" is simply not an argument. Of course it's not the same thing. Computing changes all the time.”
"Today, when I look at PCs in my home, I am the only one using a full-fledged desktop PC because I need to do resource-intensive work like film and video editing; everyone else in my family is either using a smartphone, tablet or Chromebook as their primary device.
"Until the iPhone and iPad came along, if you needed any kind of computing power your only option was a PC. It didn’t matter that all you needed to do was send email to friend, or chat with family members or create documents… all you could buy back then was PC. Today, in many ways, a smartphone can do more than what a PC can.
"So, as Torvalds said, the PC is changing. It has changed. And Chromebooks are offering what a majority of users need.
"Another oft-repeated argument is that Chrome OS and Android are not Linux. Of course they are. The fact is Linux is just the kernel. Period. As Greg Kroah-Hartman once told me, “'Linux' is just a kernel, everything else is just 'fluff'.”
"Every device that runs on Ubuntu, Chrome OS, Android or Tizen … is a Linux-based device. Every OS that uses the Linux kernel is a Linux-based operating system. The userland may be different. The packaging of the operating system, depending on the target audience, may be different. But that doesn’t dilute the fact that it’s Linux."
Winning is nice, isn't it?
He calls himself a Socialist. We spent 70 years in a deadly "Cold War" for survival against the Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republics. He wants us to capitulate now?
"In a statement to the BBC, Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it was automating "many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations" but denied that it meant long-term job losses.
""We are applying robotics engineering and other innovative manufacturing technologies to replace repetitive tasks previously done by employees, and through training, also enable our employees to focus on higher value-added elements in the manufacturing process, such as research and development, process control and quality control."
"I'm sure reading & basic comprehension is beyond your limited mental capacity..."
Boilerplate text spit out by a chatbot. No semantic analysis involved. MSFT shillbots say this sort of thing mechanically, by rote, simply because that is always said to them, for good reason. The "strategy" programmed into them is simply to echo back, with minor changes, whatever is said to them. What is consistently said to them is the plain truth, that they are mindless chatbots.
Buried deep in the cited article:
"The rise of Azure should help make up for the Windows Server OS, which is flagging against the continued meteoric rise of Linux, and it should also offset declines in other segments."
Nowhere is it mentioned that the "rise of Azure" consists mostly of increasing support of Linux.
That is one of the biggest flaws in Microsoft software, and it has been for around a quarter of a century. About that long ago, it merited a feature article in Science Magazine.
Microsoft created the infamous Ribbon Interface as a misguided attempt to deal with the problem. It actually made the problem far worse, and that necessitated a massive fix to compensate for the new problems introduced by the Ribbon Interface.
There may actually be a fix that does not involve a total re-do of MS Office, but Microsoft under Ballmer was not capable of inventing it. Possibly Microsoft under Nadella can do better.
This of course speaks against the possibility that Azure will save Microsoft's bacon. But this is an ongoing story, much yet to tell.
Microsoft has a problem -- it can't sell you a sack of potatoes just like the sack of potatoes it sold you last week, it has to sell you something new and different. That's the nature of information, which is basically what software is. And software is the business Microsoft is in.
One item on my own to-do list is to invent a utility that is designed to invent answers to questions of the form "How do I [do so-and-so]?" That presupposes an answer to a very general class of questions, so it may not be trivial.
To continue -- A software business is therefore inherently self-limiting. There is a right degree of complexity, beyond which adding more just makes it harder to use. Microsoft reached that level decades ago with office "productivity" software, but can't afford to stop making it worse.
Exactly. MMGW has become a religion which it is dangerous to question, much like the geocentric world model which Galileo ran afoul of centuries ago.
The problem of patent trolls has become so pervasive that one hears about it even on news programs for the general public. Perhaps a solution is in the offing.
That Microsoft found it necessary to do something like that says something about the intelligence of the average user of Microsoft products.