16 hours ago, bondsbw wrote
Anyone who thought that Microsoft completely abandoned the enterprise, in favor of doing nothing but tablets and phones, is an idiot.
Since Microsoft didn't focus on the enterprise in Windows 8, that leaves only one reasonable conclusion: Microsoft was coming back to focus on the enterprise after Windows 8.
Why is this so hard?
Without wishing to get caught up in the flame, the enterprise world is full of meetings, planning, budgets and so forth, with no room for conclusions or assumptions. Microsoft always did very well in communicating with their partners, but have now gone for a "silent" model and does everything behind closed doors.
I will be working on an integration project that ends up on Android devices in the next month or so, that would have been a windows mobile application (in fact it replaces a Windows mobile solution), and can foresee another couple of our development pieces going to non-Microsoft technologies because Microsoft have made a calamitous mistake in not keeping interest and focus in the enterprise.
In some respects Microsoft function like a stereotypical male i.e. only able to concentrate on building one thing, when investment should have been concurrently made in both Enterprise and Consumer markets, this was a serious failing and one where Microsoft are paying the price.
You only have to look at job sites (my barometer of the market and its interest) to see the rise in non Microsoft technologies being used (and this is the important point) instead of Windows based options.
The business world hasn't decided to wait until Microsoft decided to pay attention to them which is what you seem to be implying, they have simply moved on to non Microsoft stacks.