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Microsoft future products reflect changes in IT

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Some administrators crave details about any and all tech that spills from the Microsoft enterprise roadmap. Others in IT care only for the general availability release dates for Windows Server or Exchange Server.

Microsoft has two jobs. It must accommodate its traditional customer -- the ones who prefer the comfort of a predictable product release schedule. At the same time, the company tries to address the needs of more advanced users who require the flexibility of the cloud and containers.

This slideshow looks at the lineup of Microsoft future products -- from new versions of popular offerings to a new form of computing that, if successful, could solve complex problems in a few hours that would take years for the computers of today.

Companies with no plans to move to the cloud will see updates to perennial on-premises offerings, namely Exchange Server and Office. For the DevOps crowd, Microsoft tailored an offshoot of Windows Server to accelerate application development.

Keep reading to see what Microsoft has in store for its enterprise users.

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I just don't believe that MS have it in them to be at the forefront of the next wave of computing. They've been playing catch up and acting as a 'me too' company for too long now. Windows is on the slide, their mobile efforts have failed again. They talk a lot about 'AI', but have little to show for it. Their consumer market is pretty much dead. Google, having rocketed to the front with Android and services people actually want to use, and are now looking at the Enterprise, and MS should be worried - big time.

Truthfully, MS are retreating to the cloud. That's where their focus is. A services company with little highstreet presence. They want to power the next wave, but don't have their own mobile platform to carry it, and look very unlikely to achieve that... ever. They're now trying to get in by the back door and push their own apps for Android and iOS, but that will never gain any serious traction. Fanboys and the curious might take a look, but mainly it will be the odd few who've finally abandoned Windows Mobile, gone to one of the big players, but will want to keep some link to MS - and there aren't an awful lot of those.

Microsoft are almost unknown to the teenagers of today. They spend most of their time on their (non Windows) smartphones. They use Google Docs. They use Chrome. They don't, and have no need, to use Windows or any MS services. In 10 years time, MS will be the new IBM. One of those 'I remember Microsoft' thoughts people will get now and again.
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