The desktop and mobile can co-exist, but the desktop is going nowhere fast says Windows boss Terry Myerson
Myerson calls iPad and Android users “fantastic customers” in an interview with ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley.
The future of Microsoft lies in co-operation with other platforms, according to Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of operating systems.
Speaking with ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Myerson talked up Microsoft’s vision for “one Windows” but made it clear that despite the hegemonic tones Microsoft is looking to engage with users of other platforms instead of trying to force them into its own ecosystem.
“More users of our applications and services is fantastic. If someone is (using an iPad), I hope they really are using Office and OneDrive and Skype, on that iPad,” he said to Foley. “That is a fantastic Microsoft customer. It’s great for Microsoft.”
Despite Microsoft’s apparent hostility to dual-boot Android-Windows devices, Myerson didn’t entirely rule out a future where Microsoft would work with Android to run Android apps on Windows.
“There are third parties that are enabling (Android on Windows). We’re always keeping our eyes and ears open to what people are using and talking about,” he said. “But for us it’s all about the Windows platform and Windows developers and delighting end users with the work of our Windows developers.”
“Windows ARM processors have a future, and there’s tremendous innovation in the ARM ecosystem. I think Intel has a fabulous future. There’s tremendous innovation going on with Intel,” he continued.
This leads to the crux of Myerson’s Windows policy: while co-existence with other platforms across all products is necessary, at the end of the day the desktop is going nowhere fast.
“We actually value using the desktop. I feel highly productive using it. It’s very familiar to me. It (the desktop) is also not the right experience for a phone or a tablet. And so how the Windows experience spans these form factors and is familiar across them,” he said.
The question is how will Myerson’s Windows policy play out over the next decade? Microsoft’s experiments at putting Windows on non-traditional devices — ARM tablets and mobiles — hasn’t given the company much traction in these new markets. However, allowing native support of Microsoft products these other platforms, like porting Office to iOS, has opened up new markets and brought the company new customers. Perhaps Microsoft would be wise to focus less on “one Windows” and more on ensuring that users of alternative operating systems have native access to Microsoft’s products.