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In 2018, Windows died at Home And No One Cares


Technology: If Microsoft’s desktop functioning system maintains to be a key part of initiative computing environments, it dangers being quenched in homes. And the firm of Redmond seems to be satisfied with it perfectly.

A year ago, I argued that Microsoft’s Windows operating system, as we have always known, was on the verge of extinction. And for the software giant Redmond to progress, the “death” of Windows will probably occur sooner than expected.

The same goes for its affinity with the Intel x86 architecture, to the benefit of less greedy SoC, such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, based on the ARM architecture.

Windows-based systems using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, such as HP’s Envy X2 2-in-1, are already on the market.

This includes Apple’s Android and iOS mobile devices, as well as IoT appliances that evolve from tiny smart switches to connected devices like light bulbs, TVs, and video game consoles.

Microsoft targets everything, not just PCs

Microsoft’s target platforms for its software products and services encompass everything, not just personal computers.

To quote its CEO, Satya Nadella:

“The ubiquitous digital technology permeates everywhere: everything, every person, every lifestyle is fundamentally shaped by digital technology – it’s happening in our homes, our work, our places of entertainment … It’s incredible to think of the world as a computer, I think it’s a good metaphor for our evolution. ”

None of this should be a shock. Microsoft has led many reorganizations to reduce the size of its Windows teams and put more emphasis on high-growth sectors such as cloud and AI.

This does not mean that Windows is not important for Microsoft and as technology. It continues to be a very important element, not only of office computing but also of enterprise server computing.

Even with efforts to modernize applications that are moving away from APIs, such as Win32, and towards Web services and standards, Windows remains highly entrenched in large enterprises due to many legacy desktop applications.

The continuing importance of Windows as an OS server in enterprise data centers and in public and private cloud for IaaS processing means that Windows is here for at least another 10 years or more, despite technology adoption like containers, microservices, and SaaS.

The utility of the PC is coming to an end

In the home, the utility of the personal computer – which also includes Apple’s Mac systems – is coming to an end. A whole new category of users does not even own personal computers.

Although it is difficult to correlate the decline of PC sales and the hue saturation of the smartphone market, their overall usage seems to indicate that consumers are not only doing more on their smartphones but that these can even be their platform exclusive computer.

And their number is significant.

If they have a personal computer, it is more than likely a laptop of their company, not a personal good.

Or maybe it’s an old PC or Mac bought years ago and taking dust in a corner. It is almost impossible to get precise figures on the age of the PC installed base. There is evidence, however, that individuals retain their PCs longer and do not replace them as frequently as at the height of the PC era.

And if students in secondary and higher education still use a lot of computers

And while students in secondary and higher education still use a lot of personal computers, these are increasingly inexpensive Chromebooks – systems that do not require configuration and that use Android and Web applications.

Microsoft still knows success

Is Microsoft excluded from this trend? No, quite contrary.

Microsoft is put in huge amounts of money into making the Azure center of data and increase into Edge Computing and IoT. The publisher aims that its cloud APIs touch everything that has a microprocessor and a network connection. And he succeeds.

Thus, even if an individual does not use the Windows version of Office 365 at home, the modernization of the working environment will undoubtedly mean that he will use collaborative tools on smartphones and tablets, such as Microsoft Teams, which becomes increasingly important in business, thanks in particular to the convergence of the customer’s functionalities with its SharePoint and Skype for Business offers.

Some of the best mobile apps, such as Outlook and Office Lens, are totally free. And the user version of OneDrive is one of the best cloud storage and support services on Android and iOS, perhaps even better than what Apple provides as native services on its own products.

Microsoft was late in the field of content consumption?

With the exception of Xbox, Microsoft comes behind Apple, Google, and Amazon in the area of content consumption. They benefit from their own service offerings for consumers, but also from the main platforms for content-oriented applications like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu.

But if a consumer does not interact directly with Microsoft when consuming content, Azure data centers host a large amount of content from third-party vendors, including large residential telecommunications networks, as well as those engaged in future 5G networks. and who will have their own on-demand consumer offerings?

Microsoft has not lost its importance

Everything suggests that Windows could disappear for consumers, at least at home and on their mobile devices, when accessing resources for work and entertainment.


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