I'd say it's no longer just about protecting the desktop franchise; "software + services" is additive...
Looking far ahead, this is no longer about protecting the Windows-Office desktop franchises.
The company's long-range goal is to rebuild society's infrastructure, to paraphrase Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer and Bill Gates' successor as the company's visionary.
The platform isn't on any particular computer, phone or Web site. It's more the webbing that ties them all together and the tools you'll use to manage your personal data.
Business & Technology | Microsoft's future vision | Seattle Times Newspaper
And they will need a way to analyze all of that information!
Peter - do you not have an email address listed here or did I miss it? Given the range of technology topics you cover on this blog, I thought you might be interested in a new entrant to the US data warehousing market, illuminate, which launched here yesterday very boldly by offering to build data warehouses for up to 10 Teradata® or other large analytics customers--for free.
Contact me through their website if you'd like to learn more.
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