“People don’t fully appreciate that the reason we have Google and Facebook today is because there was an antitrust enforcement action against Microsoft that slowed down the ability of Microsoft to monopolize the internet, the browsers, the data, search, and so on,” said Luigi Zingales, finance professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “Today’s monopolies are yesterday’s startups. In a good system, this keeps changing.”
I’ve been trying to understand how Ubuntu will run within Windows 10. I’m still not quite sure I understand it all, but Dustin has the clearest explanation I’ve read so far:
“So maybe something like a Linux emulator?” Now you’re getting warmer! A team of sharp developers at Microsoft has been hard at work adapting some Microsoft research technology to basically perform real time translation of Linux syscalls into Windows OS syscalls. Linux geeks can think of it sort of the inverse of “wine” – Ubuntu binaries running natively in Windows. Microsoft calls it their “Windows Subsystem for Linux”. (No, it’s not open source at this time.)
The full post has many more details.
Farhad Manjoo starts off his column comparing the big five tech companies by asking which of them is losing and concluding none of them are. But the consumers locked in by them are losing. I thought that’s worth mentioning.
A mundane blog post, but this part shocked me:
Q. When will this feature be available on Outlook Mail for Windows 10 Mobile?
A. We will deliver this feature in a future update for Outlook Mail on Windows 10 Mobile.
So Microsoft is developing Outlook for iOS and Android before their own platform!
Very interesting. I’m in favor of anything that promotes more secure computers. Although without the ability to see the actual code, security is a bit of a theoretical concept…
The part about Microsoft wanting to get rid of passwords is fascinating, too.
Basecamp 3 has a new model that allows users to interact with the project management tool without needing to use a password or even an account.
Free and open source software can’t be ignored. It’s too good. Microsoft will find itself in a much better position having embraced what so much of the tech world already knew.
This kind of “Which is better?” thing is a little funny.
The whole point of choice is that people do what’s right for them. There aren’t any global winners.
It’s like, “My favorite band is better than your favorite band.” It’s sort of pointless.
But I’m linking to this, so well-played TechRadar…
Interesting take on Microsoft making moves to nab the next generation of users. I have to say that Microsoft’s consumer-facing services are pretty great. And my dad just showed me Windows 10 and he already loves it. So we shouldn’t count Microsoft out against Apple and Google.
I love a good plot twist!
They had crushed Lotus, Novell, and Netscape. Office and Windows were stable, profitable behemoths. Sure, Linus Tovalds—aka Omar Little—was a perennial annoyance, robbing Microsoft of server profits by giving away Linux for free, but he didn’t threaten the main business. For novelty’s sake, they could cut Windows with all sorts of adulterants (remember Active Desktop? Or MSN Explorer?) and users would still keep buying, at least for a while.