Moving Windows to Linux might make a great deal of financial sense for the praised software giant. But it’s not that easy.
Over the last few years, Microsoft has fully embraced Linux and open source. Such a thing made developer and writer Eric S. Raymond (ESR) to believe that the upcoming variant of Windows could run entirely on Linux. Quite shocking if we put it like this, right?
In a new blog post, ESR discusses that the software giant recently launched its Windows System for Linux 2 (WSL2). He also said that Microsoft is moving its Edge browser to Linux, too. What should we expect? If it’s odd for you, then it’s weird for us, as well. Here is what you need to know.
Windows and Linux Where to?
According to ESR, WSL2 also follows unmodified Linux binaries to run under the well-known Windows 10 with no shim layer or emulation. Simultaneously, though, many Microsoft developers are now introducing features to the Linux kernel to improve WSL.
ESR believes that Linux could really win the desktop battles, “not by displacing Windows but by co-opting it.” But that’s not all.
Changing the Business Strategy
Until a decade ago, Microsoft succeeded in selling Windows and its Office software as standalone offerings with annual licenses that we paid for once and could use forever. But, with the release of its Azure cloud platform, the company chose a so-called SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) variant were we can pay a monthly plan to use its products.
As mentioned, a decade has passed since Microsoft’s cloud launch, and now Azure brings the most revenue. At the same time, Microsoft’s OS has become a sideshow, according to ESR, and sales of the desktop PCs are highly declining.
So, continuing to make Windows the way it has for years no longer makes sense for the tech giant. Instead, it should put those resources into Azure. It’s widely speculated that the cloud service is now running more Linux instances than Windows ever did.
But, as we know it, the future is uncertain, and so is Microsoft. We’ll just have to wait and see if ESR was right. We can also take every piece of news with a pinch of salt.
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