"Microsoft has long pooh-poohed Linux as a desktop competitor. But a recent filing with the Security and Exchange Commission has the company admitting for the first time that Linux represents a significant threat to Windows.
"TechFlash reports that in Microsoft's recent annual filing with the SEC, it listed for the first time Ubuntu's maker Canonical, and Linux distributor Red Hat as competitors to its Client division, which makes Windows. Previously, TechFlash says, Red Hat was listed but only as a competitor to its Business and Server & Tools divisions.
"In its annual filing, Microsoft warns that Linux is a threat to Windows, particularly in emerging markets and for netbooks. It also warns that Apple is a threat, but it's said that before. The big news is the addition of Linux. Here's what the filing says:
" Client faces strong competition from well-established companies with differing approaches to the PC market. Competing commercial software products, including variants of Unix, are supplied by competitors such as Apple, Canonical, and Red Hat. Apple takes an integrated approach to the PC experience and has made inroads in share, particularly in the U.S. and in the consumer segment. The Linux operating system, which is also derived from Unix and is available without payment under a General Public License, has gained some acceptance, especially in emerging markets, as competitive pressures lead OEMs to reduce costs and new, lower-price PC form-factors gain adoption. Partners such as Hewlett-Packard and Intel have been actively working with alternative Linux-based operating systems.
"The upshot to all this? Microsoft knows that it's in for a tough battle, and that its cash cow is endangered."
The upshot to all this? Microsoft
"Day trading is so passe. Today's sharp traders make their cash by trading milliseconds ahead of the other guy. To do that you need really fast stock exchanges, which is where Linux comes in.
"""The Deutsche Borse Group manages the International Securities Exchange, an equity options exchange in New York, as well as the Eurex and Deutsche Borse's own Xetra cash exchange. The Xetra stock exchange platform is also used by the Irish Stock Exchange, the European Energy Exchange, and the Shanghai Stock Exchange among others. It has long used Linux as the basis of these high-speed stock exchanges. Later this year, it is launching a next generation. The new trading infrastructure will use IBM WebSphere MQ Low Latency Messaging and Linux to make it the fastest stock exchange software on the planet.
"How fast is it? A Deutsche Borse representative claimed that their Linux-powered exchange software can "easily execute more than a million trades per second, dwarfing even the mighty NY Stock Exchange."
""This isn't speed just for the sake of speed. The Deutsche Borse spokesperson told me, "As the financial markets continue their recovery efforts, the world's stock exchanges -- 161 in all -- are in a fierce battle to win and keep clients by delivering what customers want most: the fastest, most secure and highest reliability trading possible. This has led to a technology 'arms race' among the exchanges who are using computerized algorithms to bundle hundreds of thousands of stocks into single, split-second transactions."
"He continued, "Speed, or 'low-latency,' is everything for these exchanges. A fraction of a second can mean mega gains or losses to investors. Transactions that once took minutes and seconds to complete are now processed in thousandths and millionths...
I guess I can understand why Microsoft managers want everybody to "upgrade" -- it would make life easier for those Microsoft employees who have to deal with all the bugs.
But plainly people don't want to "upgrade". Even if it's "free", it takes a lot of time and trouble. One of the shills once tried to tell us getting the latest version of Windows was an exciting event for users, something eagerly awaited. There may have been a time, twenty years ago, when that was true. Those days are gone forever.
LOL yeah, I thought the name "Jeff Merkey" sounded familar. You're really scraping the bottom of the barrel by citing him. The headline on one web site reads, "Jeff Merkey, Litigious Lunatic".
Absent the doctrinaire pig-headedness of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft probably would have started down this path or something similar at least ten years ago. Now that Nadella is at least nominally in charge, Microsoft can begin to conduct its business in a much more reasonable manner.
"Microsoft is making significant strides in software-defined networking (SDN) with its open source data center networking OS called Azure Cloud Switch (ACS). Based on Linux, this marks the official entry of the world's largest proprietary software company into the open source SDN segment.
Microsoft and the Open Compute Project
"The Open Compute Project (OCP) was initiated by Facebook in April 2011 to share the design and architecture of data center components. OCP's founding members include Microsoft, Apple, Rackspace, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, and Bank of America. In January 2014, Microsoft joined Intel, Mellanox, Seagate, Geist, and Delta to drive the effort of Open Cloud Servers (OCS). Since then, Microsoft has been an active participant and contributor to OCP; its latest contribution is ACS."
Perhaps now the softie shills can get it through their thick skulls that Microsoft itself is adopting Linux, as nearly everyone else already has.
If you can't bring yourself to acknowledge the truth I'm telling you, perhaps you will listen to Microsoft high management.
"...your own OS..."
It's high time everyone realized that Microsoft doesn't regard Windows as YOUR OS. The company evidently thinks of it as Microsoft's agent within your walls. What it may do for you is incidental to its primary purpose.
No need to malign Microsoft any more. MS management has actually seen the end coming for years, and has been actively selling Linux for just as long. Only now, with Ballmer out of the way, and Gates otherwise occupied most of the time, Microsoft is quietly hanging windows out to dry, without saying it in so many words, and welcoming Linux aboard. And customers by the billion are flocking to Linux.
REDMOND, Wash.—Microsoft Corp. will make one of its most lucrative products available to users of the Linux operating system, a move beyond the company's own Windows system that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
The demise of Windows continues.
Most Republicans would agree with you. Those who don't are mostly registered Democrats who have crossed the line and voted in the Republican primaries.
"Research firm IDC reports that Chromebooks, which are almost entirely sold in the U.S., have essentially pushed Microsoft out of the education market, going from a zero market share in late 2012, when the devices were introduced, to an expected 70% by the end of the second quarter of 2015. In 2014, just over 7 million Chromebooks shipped into the education markets, reported Gartner, and IDC expects this figure to increase in 2015. "
Good point, though probably better characterized in energy units, such as "electron volts". People seem to think a "quantum leap" is something huge. Actually it's always something minuscule, though instantaneous.
"Dell is at it again... selling Linux powered laptops. Jack Wallen explains why and what this means for the Linux desktop operating system. "
Actually, to my knowledge, Dell never stopped selling Linux controlled laptops. Perhaps now they dare be a little more public about it.
North Korea went for Active X in a big way, and that is said to be the reason North Korea is now dead in the water in desktop computing. They don't dare update the system because of the disaster that hit them last time they tried to update the operating system.
Thanks for that. Can't say it surprises me, though. That's the impression I've had for some time.
Actually, we've been saying for a very long time that the "death of the PC" is an oversimplification. Some of us will continue to need large screens and keyboards for some time. But for the great majority of ordinary users, mobile devices are all that can be justified today. Ultimately Oculus-like devices will shrink to look more like sunglasses or even contact lenses, or something embedded in the mastoid bone. By that time, the PC will be long forgotten.