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Microsoft’s future lies in the clouds with Azure
Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform Chief Technology Officer, Mark Russinovich once said – Open Source is no longer taboo for Microsoft. You can now read the opening blog to see what the team says about Linux.
Leaving the operating system sector?
Another reason Microsoft likes Linux is that the software company can leave the operating system completely in nine years. The main support for Windows 10 will expire by 2020 and the extended support by 2025.
Last year, Microsoft confirmed on stage that Windows 10 would be its latest operating system. In this sense, the only way to keep Windows alive is for Microsoft to release the code. Although I don’t think all the code will be published, the most important parts of the code that optimize internal applications could be in the room for developers to modify and use in their organizations. It’s just speculation at the moment and few experts talk about it. But the conversation is there, so it must be investigated rather than ignored. The Windows team has worked hard to produce this operating system, and I don’t think they’re just going to get rid of it.
One may wonder where Linux is when Windows becomes open source. Like Azure, Linux can be used to extract only as many procedures as necessary from Windows code to keep machine requirements at a lower level. If Windows is fully or partially open source, other operating systems such as Android and Cyanogen etc. could also be used to take advantage of the best parts of the now proprietary operating system.
As I said, we still have to wait. Another reason why Microsoft likes Linux and other open source software (mainly operating systems) is that it earns a lot of money from companies that use this open source software.
Microsoft has even released its own distribution of the FreeBSD operating system.
When a company uses Android, Microsoft receives a share of Android sales – either once or based on the number of products sold. Everything was secret until Samsung went to court to challenge what Microsoft called its patent. Not only Android, but also many other open source software use things like a file system, remote procedures, etc…. Microsoft claims that it has already patented all these technologies and therefore has the right to prevent companies from using them. But because he would be more interested in royalties, he allows them to use it because of revenues.
Read: How open source companies make money.
Everything that pays well – without too much tension – always feels good. So if a company uses these open source programs that use Linux, Android or any other operating system, it has to pay Microsoft a little. This income is not recorded as royalties in the Company’s books. They are published under different labels, so people don’t know what source of income they actually have.
These are the three main reasons why I think Microsoft started focusing on Linux and other open source systems. The main point, of course, is the ability to extend cloud activity by allowing open source access to Azure to offer more convenience to users. The other two can be very important.
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