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Redmond's forecast calls for more clouds.
(Source: Microsoft)
Redmond's forecast calls for more clouds.
(Source: Microsoft)

Ariella 7/6/2017 | 9:24:47 PM
Re: Direction @mhhf1ve yes, not appealing for me.  At best, you get a share in something but never really own it and so are subject to the whims of the actual owners.
mhhfive 7/6/2017 | 3:00:33 PM
Re: Direction I wonder if the ecosystem for "free" software will be destroyed by the app store and SAAS models. I can imagine that most consumer OSes will prevent users from downloading and running "random software" from the wild -- for the sake of improved security. 
mhhfive 7/6/2017 | 2:58:40 PM
Re: Direction > "Now that everyone is a subscriber rather than owner, you have no choice about it at all.."

Well, pretty soon, I think nearly all professional software will be either a subscription or in an app store, so users won't have many "rights" to the software they use anyway. You can't transfer or re-install an app store app, and if the maker of the app wants to take it away, they can just render the app unusable until you "upgrade" via the app store. 

So the era of buying a CD or disc and installing software on whatever device you want will be gone soon.. and with it, some freedom to do whatever you wanted to do with the software.

Welcome to the cloud, folks!
Ariella 7/6/2017 | 2:36:03 PM
Re: Direction @mhhf1ve yes, it has tried to do that, but it may be a sign of its losing hold on what used to be its main business. I also really don't like that it now leases its software rather than allowing users to own it, which is following in the footsteps of Adobe. I bought the Adobe CS2 many years ago. Back then, the company could try to lure you to upgrade, but it was still your choice. Now that everyone is a subscriber rather than owner, you have no choice about it at all and end up paying a lot more over time than you would have with a straight purchase.
mhhfive 7/5/2017 | 9:03:59 PM
Re: Direction Microsoft has a "foot in the door" for just about any business. Windows and Office are so widespread that it's no surprise that MSFT has the resources to build a leading cloud platform. It already had the server OS skills (sorta), and it could develop the rest just like Amazon did. 

It will be interesting to see if Apple can do the same... Apple doesn't quite have the same "foot in the door" -- nor does it have much experience with reliable server tech at scale? Although somehow Apple handles iTunes downloads and iCloud.... It remains to be seen if they could handle an iCloud for a multitude of other companies.
danielcawrey 7/5/2017 | 4:44:04 PM
Re: Direction It's funny to hear Microsoft being labeled as a leader in cloud. It wasn't too long ago people thought Google would eat Microsoft's lunch. That never happened, I think due to Microsoft's clout and its relationships with Fortune 500 companies. It's been a surprise to say the least. 
mhhfive 7/5/2017 | 1:15:47 PM
Re: Direction I have to wonder how the Surface development teams are going to be prioritized. Surface hardware projects could threaten other PC/hardware makers into developing their own OSes to better compete. I think we may see some hardware manufacturers getting into the cloud, too, in order to provide better margins in the future by bundling cloud services like Microsoft will presumably do.. 

MSFT was punished for bundling Internet Explorer.. will it be punished for bundling cloud services next? 
Phil_Britt 7/4/2017 | 9:44:11 PM
Re: Direction Like in other industries, Microsoft teams will have to be able to adapt to undertake different challenges, just like teams in other industries.
Michelle 7/4/2017 | 5:39:02 PM
Direction I wonder what this will mean for Microsoft teams. I'm not surprised to read they're focusing on cloud and AI.
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