"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...
"As tech shoppers peruse the aisles this holiday season, an increasing number are considering the humble Chromebook.
"Analysts say sales of the low cost, no fuss laptops that run Google’s (GOOGL) Chrome operating system software could triple from last holiday season, but acknowledge even that would still represent only a small fraction of all laptops sold.
"Chromebooks don't run the gamut of programs that work on Mac and Windows computers. Instead, they rely mainly on web-based software running in Google’s Chrome browser. That has limited their popularity, but the spread of wifi connectivity and growing usage of cloud-based apps has increased the Chromebook's appeal.
"Even Adobe is producing a version of its venerable Photoshop app to run on Chromebooks now.
"Consumers choosing Chromebooks are focused on affordability and versatility, says Stephanie Van Vector, an analyst at ABI Research. The devices are cheaper and easier to maintain than most comparable laptops and, with a built in keyboard, seen as more productive than tablets."
So, Chromebooks still not putting Microsoft out of business, but the trend is as ominous as ever...
"On Wednesday, Microsoft will show off Windows 10, the next version of its decades-old operating system.
"There's a lot at stake. This may be Microsoft's last chance to prove to the world that Windows still matters.
"A decade ago more than 90% of devices on the internet ran Windows. With the rise of smartphones, and tablets running smartphone operating systems like iOS and Android, that number is down to 15 percent. Developers had to develop for Windows if they wanted to make money. Now, it's one of many choices, and in mobile it's an afterthought.
"In fact, the rise of mobile devices has made the entire idea of an operating system seem a lot less relevant. P eople don't buy an iPhone or iPad because it runs iOS, they buy it because it looks great in the store, feels great in their hands, is relatively easy to figure out, and runs the apps they need, which are easy to download and install.
"Some people actively choose Android devices because they run Android, but Google gives hardware makers a lot of leeway to install their own software on top of Android, so the experience is a lot more varied than the Windows PC experience, where Microsoft always insisted on having Windows interface features front and center."
ONLY softie shills have to make up holiday sales lies.
The above post struggles to give the impression the MS Band has been selling without actually saying so. Not an outright lie, but seriously misleading innuendo. "The demand for it is not fake." No, not fake, merely hypothetical contrary to fact.
One issue at a time, Microsoft is giving up on everything it once claimed to stand for. Microsoft is destined to be the RCA of the 21st Century.
On the other hand, they HAVE to go for change-for-the-sake-of-change because otherwise they can't convince IT manager they need to buy the next version, and they have no revenue stream. So Microsoft is stuck in a losing paradigm.
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.
"...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.
"The good news, for those of us not likely to be ditching the desktop or laptop any time soon, is that 2014 saw the Linux desktop hit a level of polish and sophistication that quite frankly, well, surpasses what's available from Windows 8 or OS X Yosemite.
"Naturally that's a very subjective statement, but go download Ubuntu 8.04 (the gateway drug, if you will, for many of today's desktop Linux users) and install it alongside Mint 17.1. Suffice to say that these are great days to be a Linux user.
"Perhaps it's fitting that just as it would appear that the days of the desktop PC as the device of choice for the home are numbered, desktop Linux finally surpasses its closed-source competitors. Bug number one is closed and no one cares, it would seem. Maybe this is the way it was destined to be all along - the only people around for the just-out-of-reach "Year of the Linux Desktop" will be those of us who've been having our personal year of the Linux desktop for decades, if not more."
No doubt they saw themselves as locked into the Microsoft Orbit. If they'd been a bit more forward looking, they could have had Chromebooks.
Hey, many thanks for the tip. I didn't know there was a terminal emulator application. I just downloaded it and tried a few things. "ls" and "pwd" work, for starters.... The filesystem seems rather nonstandard, no surprise, but some of the normal stuff is there.
I read somewhere there is a scripting layer. Maybe some such thing is a natural consequence of having a terminal emulator. I wonder how many apps are geared to be driven from the command line.
Maybe you can see where I'm headed -- It feels quite unnatural and claustrophobic to me to have a device for which I can't I'm not allowed to write scripts, so I'm out to find a way to do that.
"The Raspberry Pi 2, announced Monday, looks set to be a focal point for the internet-of-things (IoT) development efforts of both Microsoft and Canonical – both will be providing free operating systems for the low-cost device.
"Because the $35 quad-core computer is based on the ARMv7 architecture, it is powerful enough to run the recently announced Ubuntu Core, a lightweight version of the popular Linux distribution that will work across drones, robots, smart devices and home hubs. That much was clear from the specs – earlier Raspberry Pis used unsuitable architecture – and the Ubuntu Core image for Raspberry Pi 2 is already available, but the news that a free version of Windows 10 will also run on the device is more of a surprise.
"In a Monday blog post, Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton wrote:
"For the last six months we’ve been working closely with Microsoft to bring the forthcoming Windows 10 to Raspberry Pi 2. Microsoft will have much more to share over the coming months. The Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 will be available free of charge to makers."
Okay, that much is true; give Nadella credit for knowing which way the wind is blowing. On the other hand, Microsoft will not have the market to itself.
I'm already dumping Ubuntu myself, it's too much like Windows and becoming more so, big mistake.
Believe it or not, I found this title on the Microsoft Headlines page. This continues the trend of recent days, i.e. most MSFT headlines being about something other than Microsoft. The point seems to be that there is simply nothing interesting to say about Microsoft any more, except that there is nothing interesting to say about Microsoft any more.