The cloud will absorb Windows (and the rest)

InfoWorld’s Eric Knorr has made the compelling point that perhaps Microsoft should get out of the Windows business and instead focus on the public cloud. I get that opinion. In the 1990s, I reviewed client operating systems that included Windows 95, Windows NT, OS/2, and about a dozen versions of Unix. In the back of my mind, I thought that was a fool’s errand, that we were focused on the wrong problem.

The past focus on client operating systems, then on mobile operating systems, was perhaps a misplaced effort. Why? For one thing, the complexity of it all — if you support client operating systems, you’re distributing complexity. Ask the people charged with supporting Windows — or any client OS, for that matter. They will most likely tell you that the complexity and difficulty is large.

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