Actually, it's probably rising steadily, due to the "Flynn Effect".
Very little need to project consequences. This is stark evidence that there is strong demand out there for Linux, and Microsoft can no longer pretend otherwise, so doesn't even try. There is rapidly diminishing reason for Microsoft to be a software company, so it is morphing into a hardware company
"The augmented reality device is ready for outside developers to take a crack at crafting software for it, suggesting it could be coming to the mass market sooner rather than later.
"The hype surrounding virtual reality -- and, by extension, augmented reality (AR) -- hit fever pitch when Facebook-owned (NASDAQ:FB) Oculus announced in January that it would begin taking pre-orders for its much anticipated Rift VR headset. "
Couple days ago, I tried out an Oculus VR headset in combination wih an Android-based Samsung Galaxy 6 smartphone. It worked pretty well.
For just a moment, it looked as if Microsoft might monopolize Oculus VR/AR at the expense of Android/Linux, but now it appears Microsoft no longer has the clout for that sort of maneuver.
"As per IDC data, the Linux and open source database market was worth $4.4 billion in 2014 whereas Windows databases generated $6.9 billion. The company is looking forward to boost sales by participating in this growing open source database market."
So this is not so much an aggressive move as a rear-guard action. Linux already has a strong presence in the database market, and Microsoft hopes to slow its growth.
True enough, but Microsoft is bound to try, and try hard. This sort of thing probably extends Microsoft's half-life, but it's still finite.
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.
"Probably the smartest choice Bill Gates ever made came in 1980, when he decided not to hand over the copyright for Microsoft's first operating system to IBM. "
[One may speculate that such legal acumen is to be attributed to legal advise from a colleague of Gates' father.}
"That's why Microsoft, which keeps boasting about how much it loves selling cloud services and subscriptions, is suddenly investing so much in hardware like the HoloLens and the Surface. If no new IBM PC will come along like in 1981, Microsoft will just have to build it itself.
"The iPhone and Android have a stranglehold on the mobile market. Apple has ridden the iPhone to become the most valuable company in the world, while Google's Android is now the most popular operating system in the world.
"Microsoft missed that boat. And Microsoft, going forward, has to decide if it wants to keep throwing good money after bad into its struggling Windows phone business while it tries to force the next big thing to happen.
"Microsoft has decided to build the devices it wants to see in the world. And with PC sales shrinking, Microsoft is looking to more science-fictional concepts."
The scuttlebutt in the industry is that "tech" companies, once they go into decline, seldom recover.
Here's my explanation. It must remain a hypothesis for now, as I'm not in a postion to conduct the necessary field studies.
Everyone is at least potentially a racist and a bigot, those being ways we can manifest our innate proclivity for splitting ourselves up into a "we" and a "they" -- on any basis that offers itself, or by inventing a basis if none offers itself. That tendency is buried in our genes going back many millions of years, the best evidence being that our nearest relatives the chimpanzees show exactly the same tendency. They split themselves up into little tribes of chimps and from time to time make war on other similar tribes.
Perhaps the best examples of invented we/they dichotomies are professional sports, or college athletic rivalries. Such rivalries are utterly illogical, but huge numbers of people nevertheless get very emotionally and intellectually involved in them.
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.
America may be doomed even if he is not elected. If politics as usual were not in such a sorry state, nobody would be taking him seriously.
The stripped-down Windows is not a bad idea, but it's far too little, and TWO DECADES too late. And it does nothing to alter Microsoft's image in the public mind as MeToo, Inc.
Right on. If anyone wonders why there is mounting resistance in Congress to the legislative agenda of Democrats, they need look no farther than this. There can be no compromise with suicide.
I came across an article that attempted to debunk that projection. It succeeded only in betraying the author's ignorance of the difference between "solar activity" and "solar output".
Solar activity is the abundance of sunspots. Solar output is the emission of electromagnetic radiation, either as visible light or as ultraviolet or infrared radiation; it affects the "solar constant", which is not really quite constant, but pretty nearly. If I remember correctly, it is about 1.34 kilowatts per square meter at our average distantance from the sun. Over the life of the sun, the value increases very slowly.
I would nominate Alan Turing. Without his successful efforts in the breaking of the German Enigma cryptographic system, England might well have fallen to Hitler, D-Day would likely have failed etc etc. The war would have gone on for about two more years, and perhaps 14 million more would have died.
Not to mention that he was one of the seminal figures in the invention of what came to be called the "digital computer".
Reportedly Microsoft has under development a smaller OS than Windows, probably at least inspired by the example Linux provides of how to design a good operating system. If they open-source it (which would be a smart move on Microsoft's part, since it would encourage volunteers to contribute fixes, improvements etc.) then we will be able to assess to what extent the design of Linux has influenced Micro soft's system. I would predict some degree of convergence between Linux and Microsoft's new system.
"Sanders said that the move towards Red Hat and open source is a logical one for Microsoft and Azure, since 60 per cent of the images on Redmond's cloud are Linux. But it's also part of a wider move by Microsoft to seduce open source users, 15 years after Steve Ballmer called it a cancer.
" "Microsoft has decided that it has to compete for all workloads, period," Al Hilwa, program manager at analyst house IDC, told The Register.
" "The only way to do this is to do it wholeheartedly; they are doing more in open source and trying to be on every platform. At some point everyone's going to stop marveling about this and realize it's a new world order."
"In addition to the Red Hat announcement, Microsoft said that it is allowing OneOps, Walmart's open source lifecycle management tool, to work on Azure, and promised more open source announcements soon.
"Microsoft is also embracing containers by making the preview build of the Azure Container Service available to all. This allows virtual machines running Docker and Mesosphere, although not Google's Kubernetes system."
Wow, Azure workload is 60% Linux, up from 25%. last I heard. Nice going...
And containers, yet.
No doubt "Kubernetes" harks back to the Greek root of "cybernetics", meaning "governance" or "steersmanship".
Evidently Linux has won, hands down. It's all over but the shouting, but there will be plenty of that from the shillbots. I'm expecting Windows 10 to be gutted in favor of Linux or Microsoft's newest "Linux-like" kernel. But Microsoft will no doubt be quiet about it, not to alarm the sheeple. No other course would make any sense. There is no need for Microsoft to continue to pour good money after bad, in the hopeless effort to make Windows bug-free and secure.
"Back in November Microsoft confirmed Windows 10’s worst kept secret: its extensive telemetry (or ‘spying’ as it has been labelled) cannot be stopped. What no-one realised until now, however, is just how staggering the extent of this tracking really is…
"Blowing the lid on it this week is Voat user CheesusCrust whose extensive investigation found Windows 10 contacts Microsoft to report data thousands of times per day. And the kicker? This happens after choosing a custom Windows 10 installation and disabling all three pages of tracking options which are all enabled by default.
"The raw numbers come out as follows: in an eight hour period Windows 10 tried to send data back to 51 different Microsoft IP addresses over 5500 times. After 30 hours of use, Windows 10 expanded that data reporting to 113 non-private IP addresses. Being non-private means there is the potential for hackers to intercept this data. I’d argue this is the greatest cost to owning Windows 10."
The worst news is that this isn't even surprising. I've known this is typical of Microsoft for about 20 years.