Dated article, but prescient. There's a lot to displace, but progress is being made. The author predicted that Microsoft would have to give away Windows gratis, and that has already happened.
"TELECOMS ANALYST Steve Sechrist has shuffled his tarot cards to foresee what the future has in store for Google's Chrome operating system.
"He predicts that the free Chrome OS will displace the Vole's Windows OS on netbooks. This implies that Microsoft will be forced to give away its flagship desktop operating system for free in order to support sales of its other products, like Office.
"Sechrist said that Google's Chrome OS is not just a stand-alone netbook OS but a piece in a large ecosystem puzzle that is looking to topple Apple and Microsoft. He claimed that Google's stripped down operating system will make money because it is not burdened with legacy drivers and resource draining middleware code.
"Sechrist's first impressions of the Chromebook were glowing. He said that Google has finally delivered on the long promised "Instant-on" feature that has eluded Bill Gates and his army of engineers for decades.
"Microsoft will have to compete with the economics of free, as Google is offering its Chrome OS free to hardware manufacturers, which will eventually destroy the Vole's core business model.
"The Google plan is not just hitting the OS side of Microsoft business model, but the lucrative office suite business as well, Sechrist claims. Chromebooks will come empowered with video capabilities and online office-like functions too, using the collaborative-based Google Docs.
"He said that while Microsoft might not be too worried at the moment, since after all the Vole's Windows 7 operating system has done well, ultimately the company cannot survive in a new world dominated by innovators like Google.
Hey, yesterday I saw a Surface in the wild, for the very first time. It was in a clinic administering flu shots.
In my case they had to revert to entering the data via pen-and-paper, which I'm sure was not the fault of the Surface, just one of those things...
LOL no, you are the automaton. You can imitate a certain VERY low level of understanding, but the difference between, for example, a Stock Exchange and a trading platform is quite beyond you. When that came up, you just changed the subject.
What the "workers" use is their problem. The point is that the Stock Exchange itself runs Linux. Our friend the Tradestation Pumper couldn't grasp the distinction. Perhaps you're having the same problem?
"Buying Minecraft would help Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella in his drive to get the company’s software onto any mobile device -- even those made by competitors.
"Since becoming CEO in February, Nadella has declared that he wants to have Microsoft programs work across many gadgets, in a break from having the company’s software running primarily on hardware that uses its Windows operating system. In March, Nadella said he would “hold nothing back” to achieve that goal.
"With Minecraft maker Mojang AB, Nadella would acquire not only a popular game for Microsoft’s Xbox video-game business, but also a hot property that works on Apple Inc.’s iPad, Sony Corp.’s Playstation and phones based on Google Inc.’s Android. Any deal, which would be Nadella’s first since taking over Microsoft, would also underline the CEO’s commitment to Xbox. While investors have long debated whether Microsoft should spin off the consumer-oriented business, Nadella said in a companywide memo in July that he would invest in the unit."
"actually Windows will scale just as big as is necessary- and it is the most reliable and secure software available."
That must be why most of the world's stock exchanges, and nearly all of the world's most powerful supercomputers, run Linux.
Microsoft cares, because it means that Microsoft can't hobble Google by jacking up its license fees or otherwise lean on the company.
And it's not low quality, it's far higher quality than anything from Microsoft. The CTO of the New York Stock Exchange said, "It [Linux] is good enough for us," which, coming from him, is saying a lot, because he was at that time making the switch from a Windows-based system to Linux, because the Windows-based system had suffered a number of extremely expensive and extremely high-profile failures.
It's a sentiment I can well understand. At the time Microsoft acquired Skype, I had been a satisfied user of Skype for years, and I feared Microsoft would ruin it. I was right.
"Passionate Players Fear Acquisition of Upstart Videogame Maker Will Destroy Its Indie Spirit
"If Microsoft Corp. MSFT -0.28% succeeds in buying the company behind the hit videogame "Minecraft," it will have to placate 14-year-old Henry Levenson and his pals.
" "A majority of my friends don't think Microsoft is cool," said the Boston-area teenager, who plays "Minecraft" at least once a day. At the moment, he is obsessed with using the game's Lego-style virtual blocks to build courthouses with palatial marble columns.
"News that Microsoft is negotiating to acquire Swedish company Mojang AB for more than $2 billion sets up a clash of cultures between the corporate giant and "Minecraft" loyalists—spanning from middle-school children to videogame die-hards.
"To many of its fans, Mojang's antiestablishment swagger has always been part of "Minecraft's" mystique. Mojang, which has only about 40 employees, is run by programmer Markus Persson, who has gained a cult following by publicly blasting big tech companies, including Microsoft, Electronic Arts Inc. EA -0.42% and Facebook Inc. FB +0.67% Microsoft, pushing 40 and worth about $387 billion, is seen as the software industry's goliath.
Minecraft offers a cross-platform programming tool called MCP that enables players to add new features to the game, so that kids have a fun and challenging environment in which to learn the art of programming. One big worry would be that this would disappear under the thumb of Microsoft.
"Chipzilla has released its Edison chip for wearables at its Intel developer conference (IDF) in California today. The tiny computer is a dual-core Quark system on chip (SoC) Pentium-class x86 processor made using the 22nm process.
"The Edison device runs Linux and has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth modules. The chip can also connect to its own app store, and has 40 I/Os via a 70-pin connector that lets users do many things without going through a custom board. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Intel said that the module, which has the footprint of an SD card, was to encourage developers to build the next generation of wearable and connected devices now that it is shipping.
"All IDF attendees went home with a free Edison developer kit and it will be on sale for $50 retail cost. Like the Galileo board it will be open source so developers can develop it.
" 'I really hope to see an explosion of innovation around this part, it has everything a person needs and an extension capability to build just about anything you can think of,' he said.
"Edison has been developed by Intel to be a simple low-power development platform for people to develop software easily, thus to usher in the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices."
So Intel supports Linux even if Microsoft pretends not to. This isn't really news. Microsoft is the lone holdout in the industry in not supporting Linux, and even Microsoft makes occasional contributions for its own reasons.
I've written lots of software (though it is of course meaningless to try to quantify it). Once I had a go at writing a primitive spreadsheet manager, on a dare. I didn't have to time to make it very sophisticated, so it didn't format numbers very well, didn't do formulas at all, but had some features Microsoft's Excel lacks. Maybe someday when I have nothing better to do I'll dig that up and improve it....
I'm tempted to write one myself, and give it a pro-Microsoft bias. The biggest challenge would be to make it even stupider-looking than the wallybot, which is hard to even imagine.
*yawn* I guess that's supposed to hurt my feelings or something.
Why would I care what you say?
A lot of people loved the Ford Model T at one time, but hardly anyone drives one any more.
Today, people are moving to Linux, though they call it "Android".
True enough, but my point was that Elop took a Nokia that was already in trouble, and instead of fixing what was wrong with it, he smashed everything that was good about it. Then Nokia got acquired, or at least its phone business. That's not the only time that sort of thing has happened, but I doubt I've heard of every instance. It will be interesting to see how Baidu fares.
"Microsoft is paying the NFL a lot of money to use its Surface tablets during games to review plays and the like, but there's a slight problem. The announcers keep calling the Surface devices iPads.
"During Sunday night's game of the Titans vs. the Chiefs, the commentators described Microsoft's tablet as one of Apple's "iPad" and as "iPad-like tools." This probably didn't sit well with Microsoft considering the company is paying $400 million for an ad and equipment deal with the NFL.
"Last year Microsoft and the NFL teamed up to create an interactive viewing experience on the Xbox. As part of the deal, Microsoft was named "The Official Sideline Sponsor" and players and coaches were also given Surface tablets to use to help during the games. The Surface tablet was even dubbed "The Official Tablet of the NFL." (Someone apparently forgot to tell the announcers.)"
I heard one instance of that a week or so earlier. Apparently it wasn't exceptional. The iPad has the mindshare, even where it doesn't have all the market share.
"[T]the majority of job postings" do not yet demand competence in Chromebook, but there are indeed postings that do.
For example, it wasn't hard to turn up an ad for the position of "Student Technology Analyst" for Aspire Public Schools. Some of the requirements for the position:
"ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Assessment Support
o Ensure that schools are adequately prepared to utilize student devices for assessment purposes
o Act as a liaison between our IT, Blended Learning, Assessment, and Teacher Effectiveness teams to ensure that the devices are fully operational and the school site teams are fully trained
• Management of Student Devices and Accounts..."
But the interesting items are the next few:
"o Manage the rollout of 1,000 Chromebooks to 35 Aspire schools across California.
o Create processes, practices and systems to help schools schedule and share the devices equitably
o Provide Tier 2 support for device issues.
o Work with our IT team to create structures for student accounts within Google Apps that allow schools and teachers to maximize control of their devices and applications / programs
o Coordinate with schools in CA and Memphis and our IT team to ensure new students are being synced accurately and completely from PowerSchool (student information system) into Google Apps
o Manage testing and deployment of Google Apps that support administration of online testing..."
"Loss is Latest Setback for Microsoft in China
"BEIJING—Microsoft Corp. has lost a top executive in China to Chinese search giant Baidu Inc., in another setback for the U.S. company there.
"Zhang Yaqin will become Baidu's president for new business, effective Wednesday, the Chinese company said Monday. He previously served as Microsoft's vice president and chairman of its Asian-Pacific..."
That's as may be, but considering the history of Nokia, SGI and perhaps others, I'd have to anticipate that this is a setback for Baidu, not for Microsoft.