This is post 5 of 34 in the series “IT Origins” Chin-Fah Heoh is a managing consultant, chairman of SNIA (Malaysia), and a technical storage blogger residing in Kuala Lumpur. You can follow Chin-Fah on Twitter, LinkedIn, and his blog. What’s your IT origin story? How long have you been in the field? I was […]
Microsoft 2006: We could theoretically sue every Linux user for patent infringement
Microsoft 2017: Ubuntu is in the Windows App Store.
Microsoft 2028: Windows adopts Linux kernel, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria
The Windows Subsystem for Linux proves we are living in strange times.
For anyone who’s even remotely followed Microsoft, the change in the company over the last few years is nothing less than startling. Under Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, the company focused on driving everything toward Windows. Their best software ran on Windows, and they pushed as much as possible to have Windows take over the world. Since this is a proprietary OS, the result was a very monolithic company that tried to lock down everything. Combined with aggressive (and often legally dubious) business practices, Microsoft developed a reputation as the “Evil Empire”. So the change in company culture when current CEO Satya Nadella took over was nothing less than seismic.