Microsoft is trying to inch closer towards cloud by shoring up other money makers like Windows 8, Office 365 and other client based products. The plans from Redmond are concealed from public and the company prefers not to talk about the following 5 things:
Emphasis on Windows Azure- The enterprise grade Cloud Platform:
Windows Cloud Platform exposes you to a myriad of options making release experience exquisite. Flexibility to build, deploy and manage applications along with facilities of load balancing, automatic OS and service patching and resiliency to hardware failure makes Azure a winner.
Business model to target Consumers:
Windows RT which is the ARM based version of Windows on tablets doesn’t provide the same manageability features as 32-bit and 64-bit versions but the power efficient tablets are useful in difficult environments. The Metro interface has not gone well with entrepreneurs because it would involve UI training for its employees.
Microsoft is favouring Pro-Windows decisions:
Decision to stultify Visual Studio Express from producing any standard Windows application amazed everyone. Fortunately the decision was later reversed but it clearly proved once again that the decisions at Redmond are favouring Windows.
Windows 7 is a rock solid upgrade over Win XP:
The transition from Windows XP to Windows 7 is underway in most of the organizations at a time when Microsoft is planning to launch its latest OS, Windows 8. Market is not comfortable with another upgrade because it will involve a lot of training costs. Windows 8 boasts of some of the unique features like Windows To Go, a faster boot sequence and better Bit Locker support, but yet falls short of convincing entrepreneurs for a switch from Windows 7.
The road ahead is blurred:
Microsoft knows that they are running a marathon and not a sprint. Hence, the road ahead looks fuzzy and their moves are kept secret so that when the products are unleashed in the market, the brouhaha around it can be converted into sales.
Microsoft faces innumerable problems and only time can tell if their mammoth experience and solid vision can take them through.
Microsoft is reshaping its business objectives by moving into new territories. From its new client operating system Windows 8 which will be available from October 26, the focus has suddenly shifted to its flexible Windows Azure Cloud services. There are 5 secrets which Microsoft prefers not to share with you or your Chief Information Officer.
Cloud services offers you first class release experience:
As more and more enterprises are moving towards the cloud, there is a growing demand for Microsoft’s expertise in delivering world class products. The next version of SharePoint will be first in cloud and later in the premises. Cloud based Office 365 is easy to set up and use with options to work anywhere at lower costs.
Microsoft yearns to become a Pro-Consumer business:
Tablets powered with ARM-based processors i.e. Windows RT will be a new terrain for Microsoft where it will compete with iPad and Android tablets. This step is seen as a measure to woo customers by providing power efficient devices. There have been a lot of changes made to the user interface of Windows 8. It has tried to ape the Metro interface of the tablet rather than the desktop UI.
Windows client calls the shots at Microsoft:
Visual Studio express was planned to be restricted for developing only Metro-style applications for tablets and Win 8. Luckily, the decision was reversed. Basically the instructions are loud and clear which says that the applications should be created to suit consumer products powered by Windows.
Windows 7 is a success and apt up gradation over Windows XP:
Win 7 has been accepted at the enterprise level and it looks highly unlikely that the companies will be comfortable to make another shift to Windows 8. Although, Windows 8 owns few nice features like faster boot sequence and better Bit Locker, still it doesn’t justify a transition from Win 7.
A muzzy roadmap lies ahead:
The efforts to mimic Apple and keeping things concealed from the customers in order to cash on the buzz and euphoria surrounding its product is no more working for Microsoft.
Microsoft is facing a plethora of issues and it calls for a committed effort in order to come off with flying colours. It’s a matter of time until things become clearer.