News

Microsoft's New Year Predictions for Itself

Late last year, Microsoft told its shareholders that it is now a "devices and services company," and not just a software company. CEO Steve Ballmer delivered the message, but he also wrapped up the company's Annual Shareholders Meeting address with a few predictions. To hear Microsoft tell it, the five big trends to come will be natural user interfaces, machine learning and big data, unlocking application capabilities through the cloud, social networking, and the emergence of a single unified Windows platform across PC, mobile device, server and cloud.

Here are the areas where Microsoft will lead the industry, according to Ballmer's November 28 address:

"The first area is new form factors that have, increasingly, so to speak, 'natural' ways to use them -- touch, gestures, speech, pen, and handwriting.

"The second big area is making technology more intuitive and able to do what we mean and act on our behalf instead of at our command by using new technologies in the area of what we call machine learning and big data.

"Third is building and running cloud services in ways that unleash incredible new application opportunities for businesses and for individuals.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

Featured

  • Azure Cost Management Now Commercially Available for Some Tenancies

    Microsoft on Monday announced that its Azure Cost Management feature had reached the "general availability" release stage for both Azure "pay-as-you-go" customers and Azure Government tenancies.

  • Microsoft Bringing Files Restore Capability to SharePoint Online and Teams

    Microsoft on Monday announced that it's delivering its Files Restore feature for SharePoint Online and Microsoft Teams to Office 365 tenancies as early as this month.

  • Microsoft Nabs IoT Platform Provider Express Logic

    As part of its plan to invest $5 billion in IoT technologies, Microsoft this week acquired Express Logic, which provides real-time operating systems for industrial embedded and IoT devices.

  • Dealing with Broken Dependencies in SCVMM

    Brien shows you how to resolve some broken, template-related dependencies in Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.