Microsoft is killing itself!
The more i read about the recent steps and announcements M$ is making the more i am getting convienced in the possibility that Microsoft is actually slowly leading itself into it's own death in their strongest markets.
The latest article i've read that lead me further in such asumption is "Microsoft prepares to kill Linux with different Windows flavours".
While the title of the article says that MS prepares to kill Linux it would have more logic that it is preparing to kill itself! :-D
They are planning to offer more "flavors" of windows for certain computing aspects such as printing, networking etc. in order to ensure "better security and lower maintenance costs".
By this MS attempts to actually mimic Linux that has always had "flavors" and was highly modular for just about any task. However, while this modularity and "fragmentation" is natural to Linux as a free operating system which can be both a full "one for all" home operating system and a role-based OS, MS is a completely different story as it's proprietary and it's simply unnatural for it to be what linux is.
MS seems to assume that because Linux had succes by being so modularized and role based that they could have the same succes, so they decided to mimic it and do the same thing in order to beat Linux as their competition.
But that's simply not true and will lead to more harm on MS part than good. They are actually speeding up the process of falling to a niche player contending on certain small markets.