Its a headline title for a thread, but I fear that people in Redmond are still in a state of denial.
Thus far I have never in my life before witnessed a company cut off its nose to spite its face in so dramatic a manner. In these days of news travelling fast, tremendous damage can be (and has been) done to Microsofts image and brand. Microsoft have just had their worst ever year. Period!
Even if Windows 8 was released today, they will have far fewer developers on their new and shiny platform, because what they have just done is alienate their core developers, and noone is willing to invest in them anymore (without clarification from Soma, Zander and co).
I can see no reason for example, why I would not use Amazon's cloud services over Azure. Up to now, Azure would have been the default choice. Judging by my recent experience, I would recommend to anyone to use nHibernate, or PostgreSQL, or whatever, and in truth those products make for a far better investment than anythiing Microsoft have done in the last few years. Especially in terms of continued support and development.
I have been lucky enough to gain experience in open source projects like PostgreSQL, and I am sure that someone else will create an HTML 5 experience nowhere near as good as what Visual Studio might deliver in its first few releases, but that Mitigation now no longer exists. My TFS licenses, and Visual Studio 2010 licence fees are being rued by people who have make a financial investment, for something that is half finished.We planned our software for the next decade, Tim sneaths blogs and so on are all filled with posts saying" we are cntinuing to make significant investment...it turns out this was bull***t
I cannot find the words to explain my annoyance at recent developments, without this deteriorating into a post of expletives, but I will be civil. The longer this silence continues, the bigger the backlash will be at Build, and the more immovable the nails in "investing in Microsoft as a platform"'s coffin will be. Get your finest minds and lawyers to prepare the smokescreen prior to Build, because it is the Develoepr Division that makes Windows what it is, and not the other way around, Please pass this onto Steve S and Ms Larson-Green.