For a while has been circulating information that the Windows operating system, which is one of the most well-known Microsoft products, is no longer a priority business for the company.At the beginning of 2018, was carried out a reorganization, which implied the division of the direction of Windows into parts within separate divisions. In addition, the company left the veteran of Microsoft – the head of Windows section Terry Myerson.
During a recent event dedicated to the release of new hardware solutions, the company finally officially confirmed the previous guesses and assumptions – Windows is no longer an important business line for Microsoft. This was stated by the head of the company, Satya Nadella.
“The operating system is no longer the most important area for us. What is most important for us is the app model and the experience”, – Satya Nadella said in an interview with Wired.
An important emphasis is placed on Microsoft Graph – a set of APIs that connect devices together with Microsoft cloud services and act as an important gateway in Windows, Office 365 and Azure.
Microsoft seems to be working with Google to integrate Graph with Android more deeply. We add that the announced Surface Duo mobile device is running Android, not Windows, and for the updated Microsoft it is quite acceptable.
A few years ago, when Satya Nadella headed Microsoft, he decided to focus on services, cloud computing, artificial intelligence. This was the result of lowering the rank of the desktop Windows operating system.
The Windows operating system itself is still important for people using it right now, but Nadella believes that this will not last long. Enterprise clients still rely on Windows to run legacy desktop applications, Microsoft Office, and other tasks, but many computing and content consumption have shifted to mobile platforms.
“Applications are becoming more cross-platform and rely on web technologies, rather than a specific operating system. How people are going to write apps for Duo and Neo will have a lot more to do with each other than just writing a Windows app or an Android app, because it’s going to be about the Microsoft Graph”, — says Satya Nadella.
Microsoft has followed this trend with its many Android and iOS apps and introduced Office for iPad almost five years ago.
Microsoft is now focused on making products such as Office and Microsoft Teams work on every operating system. Of course, this does not mean that work on Windows will be discontinued. But its significance for the company is now not at the same level as before.