Week in Review (Feb 8, 2016 – Feb 14, 2016)

Microsoft Doesn’t “Love” Linux

Ever since the new CEO of Microsoft professed his love of Linux, nothing has really changed underneath. In fact, the publicity stunt has only drawn attention to the way that any association with Linux is a magnet for patent lawsuits backed by Microsoft’s coffers. Statements like “It’s the same old Microsoft — the company that committed crimes to get where it is today” show how 2-faced the company is. No doubt there are opposing forces within Microsoft that are at work but the market force in the end is the one that will drag the organization by its hair into adopting Linux across the board as the only way to remain relevant for new technological ventures.

37 Things That One Really Important Architect Knows

Gregor Hohpe’s latest book is now 40% completed and available on Lean Pub. Anyone that has spent even an hour of architecture talk with guys like Greg Young, the topic of the book Enterprise Integration Patterns: Designing, Building, and Deploying Messaging Solutions has come up. It has been on the desks of technologists that battle with scalability for a number of years. So it’s welcome news to see Gregor give insight into the industry again. It’s an interesting read so far with great chapters like “50 Shades IT”, “Enterprise Architect or Architect in the Enterprise?”, “Control is an Illusion” and others.

Azure’s “Hugely Unprofitable” Compared to AWS

On the path to commoditizing IaaS (and later PaaS), the race to the profit bottom is starting to take it’s toll on Azure. It remains to be seen when Azure becomes a cost for Microsoft, but Amazon has captured the large majority of the cloud provider market. Microsoft tried to dodge the bad news by reporting a number based on “Intelligent Cloud” revenue. This rolls in revenue from other sources such as SQL Server and makes a much nicer number. Wall Street saw through it and the stock dropped 8% as a result.

The First Ubuntu Tablet Announced

Canonical is pushing the first viable convergence experience by making available on the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet. This allows a full desktop experience on a tablet, pc and phone with respect to running the same applications. Nothing comparable has been released by either Google, Apple or Microsoft to date.

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