The Golden Age of Microsoft Windows Is Over …finally, an article that consolidates the current status of the Microsoft ecosystem. The article touches upon a Microsoft reorg, which is key given the internal jockeying to achieve siloed revenue objectives.
The one item not touched upon in the article is the opportunity for Microsoft to establish themselves as the key middleware for the cloud. Their long-term “coopetitor” Citrix just made XENserver open-source giving it new legs; their long-term competitor, Oracle, beat Microsoft to the punch in terms of a highly scalable truly multi-tenant dbase….and now Microsoft has to use Oracle 12C to allow Azure to compete with the likes of Amazon, Google, et al.
This example of Microsoft’s falling behind on a key cloud requirement is symptomatic of the internal challenges facing Microsoft. Why is Windows 7/8/8.1 desktop still not allowed to be used in a multi-tenant fashion?
Shout out to Microsoft – Begin the process of establishing Windows as the cloud middleware of choice. Put the desktop OS licensing issues aside for a minute but immediately let Windows desktops run on shared compute. Holding back on this may make short-term sense for the Microsoft desktop OS group but not for Microsoft as a whole in the long-term
….mark my words…..