Is Microsoft finally ready to let go of Windows?

In today's open source roundup: Microsoft may be ready to move on from Windows. Plus: CentOS 7 released, and a review of Makulu Linux 6 with MATE 1.8

Windows has been synonymous with Microsoft for as long as I can remember. The company is infamous for it's "Windows everywhere" mind-set that has caused it to miss the mobile revolution and lag behind companies like Apple and Google. Now, finally, it looks like Microsoft may be ready to move on from Windows, according to Time.

According to Time:

What a difference two years and a change in leadership makes. On Thursday morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed a much different vision compared to that of his predecessor, one that emphasizes productivity regardless of the computing platform. Although Windows will still play a role in Microsoft’s strategy, it’s no longer the focus. Nadella’s memo to employees doesn’t even mention Windows until the 23rd paragraph.

Put another way, Nadella is doing what Ballmer never could: letting go of Windows as the center of Microsoft’s universe. Instead, Microsoft will be satisfied if people are using services like Office 365, Skype, OneDrive and Bing, whether they’re on an iPhone, Android device or Windows PC.

More at Time

Am I the only one who is taking the idea that Microsoft is letting go of its Windows-first mentality with a grain of salt? While I think it's a good idea, I have to wonder if the new CEO of Microsoft is really going to be able to make this happen. Microsoft is a huge corporation, and trying to change the culture is like trying to quickly shift the direction of an aircraft carrier.

I'm not saying that it can't be done, but I do wonder if Nadella's efforts are just another case of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. It could take years for him to actually make a dent in Microsoft's current corporate culture, and I wonder if Microsoft's board of directors and investors are willing to wait that long? He may be hard pressed to show results quickly in a situation that requires a significant amount of time for reform to take root.

I think if Microsoft had done this ten years ago then they might be in a different place entirely. But now? It just seems like it's far too little and far too late to help Microsoft climb out of the hole it has dug for itself. Then again I could be totally wrong about this, you never know. If he can pull it off then Nadella may eventually become the Steve Jobs of Microsoft, he'll be credited with taking a moribund company and breathing new life into it.

CentOS 7 released

BetaNews reports that CentOS 7 has been released.

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