With the words, "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time“ Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer has announced his departure from the head position of the company where he arrived 13 years ago when Bill Gates announced that he has decided to retire and pursue other life goals.
When Microsoft first announced their Surface tablet and their intention to become a “devices and services” company the market had a moment of clarity. Here was a situation where a huge partner in the PC business looked to be turning their backs on all of the companies that once supported them. We heard from multiple vendors and all agreed that the move by Microsoft to be secretly developing their own product after viewing all of their submissions was seriously underhanded. What made things even more disappointing for OEM partners was that Microsoft was also pushing them to sell their cloud services on top of directly competing with them. It was not a happy time for most OEMs, but the majority of them decided to give it a chance and see if Steve Ballmer’s vision would pay off in the end.
Because of the Windows Store, fearing for their own distribution service Steam, Valve's director Gabe Newell has once claimed that Windows 8 is a disaster unlike he has seen before and that user will definitely want to replace it with something better. In the meantime, the market has punished Microsoft's bad marketing, and Newell has released Steam for OSX and Linux, making them very interesting alternatives to Windows.
Believe it or not, thanks to Windows 8, PC sales have just gone through the biggest decline in the past 20 years. These sales, combined with the increasing popularity of tablets, beg the question: is Windows 8 going to destroy the PC Market?
I own a PC that came with Windows 8, and I can tell you, I wasn't pleasantly surprised when I began to use the operating system. Lets take a look at why or why not PCs might be on their way out.
Microsoft’s recent reorganization has been in the news for a couple of days and while everyone seems to be using the same euphoric language we have to wonder if this change is really for the good (and if it might come back to haunt Steve Ballmer). Traditionally Microsoft has existed in multiple (and separate) business units. According to insiders at Microsoft this has led to inefficiency and reproduced efforts when developing software and services. Now Ballmer wants to bring those units back together into a much more cohesive unit. The intention is to build a better, more nimble and efficient Microsoft.
Microsoft on their website Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) announced a new policy for producers of Windows applications, which are required to resolve security issues within 180 days, in order to satisfy the so-called "in-app security act" and patch the dangerous vulnerabilities because otherwise they will be ejected from the Windows Phone Store. This notice is issued by Microsoft at the time when they published the patch package for July intended primarily for Surface tablets.
Valve as a game development company has been a big hit in the past. Titles like Half--Life (and all the follow-ons) Day of The Ancients, and more have made them a name that still is respected by gamers. At least that was the case until they teased the gaming community with the third installment of Half-Life too many times. Now the consensus is that Valve cares more about getting Steam Working for Linux out of spite for Microsoft than it does about releasing games. In fact the whole thought of seeing Half-Life 3 in the foreseeable future has become something of a joke in the gaming and development community.
Microsoft as a corporate entity has had an interesting life cycle. When Bill Gates was in charge the goal was to build systems and software that would interconnect and build the back bone for corporate and home networks. Interoperability was the key and the folks at Microsoft insisted on creating their products to work now and also support older programs (and in some cases hardware). This was vital for their target market; the enterprise. Bill Gates knew that if he build a solid back ground in companies, universities, schools etc then it would spread to the consumer market. The plan worked and continued to work simply because most people want a similar experience across their computing platforms (remember this point). The move was brilliant and Microsoft managed to get themselves very firmly entrenched in the market.
Number of applications available for Windows 8 has exceeded 100,000, they proudly annouced from Microsoft. To achieve this it took them a little bit more than seven months since the launch of the new Windows.
Microsoft can now finally boast that Windows 8 can no longer be called "disaster like Vista" because in the latest table of operating systems in the world by analyst firm StatCounter, Windows 8 OS, has surpassed Vist which many call the biggest disaster in the history of the giant from Redmond.