Feeds

Windows 8 and beyond: Microsoft's next decade

Three big bets

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Radio Reg January marks not just a new decade but also the 10-year anniversary of Steve Ballmer's appointment as Microsoft's chief executive officer.

The last 10 years offered a mixed report card for Ballmer and Microsoft: Windows XP versus Vista, success of the Xbox but treading water on mobile, corporate revenue grew 163 per cent while the stock price fell 39 per cent. And let's not mention the squandered internet years and the ongoing race to catch Google.

Already, some are calling time on Ballmer, and one way or another, he'll be gone by 2020 as he's said he'd do the job for only 20 years. Only the manner of his exit is in question.

As the decade turns, MicroBite looks ahead to the next 12 months and place three big bets on where Microsoft will be by the end of the current decade.

Reg software editor Gavin Clarke and All-About-Microsoft blogger Mary-Jo Foley bet on two areas where Microsoft has struggled: consumer mobile, and internet search. Then there's a third bet where Microsoft can, and must, break new ground: Windows in the cloud.

We talk corporate politics, Windows Mobile, Windows 8, and Internet Explorer 9, Midori, Gazelle, Silverlight, and a brand new operating system that dare not speak its name.

You can listen using The Reg player below, or grab the MP3 here, or the Ogg Vorbis here. ®

MicroBite 15

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?