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Future of Microsoft

February 18, 2014 Leave a comment

So here we are in 2014. Windows 8 is by pretty much every measure a failure. Paul Thurrott is writing about how Sinofsky may have killed the Windows product and how Microsoft is making sure it’s dead by bending over backwards to please everyone with 8.1 Update 1 (another stellar name from MS).

Being a professional Microsoft developer, I have a different perspective of things and see the best parts of MS (the .NET Framework and Visual Studio are the best development products out there, bar none). It puzzles me how they can be so great on some sides and so horrible on others.

Still, I see hope for MS. I also see some evidence that they see the solution as well. The answer is to get back to their roots and make simply make great software. Stop focusing so much on controlling the end-to-end experience, and just do what you’re best at.

They’ve already started doing this by making iOS and Android versions of Office, as well as making Skydrive/Onedrive available on all OSes.

Continue down this path, leave Windows to the desktops and servers, and become the best selling software maker on the iPad. Windows wasn’t the beginning of Microsoft, and if they make the right decisions, it won’t be the end.