Microsoft turns to Linux
Microsoft has ceased development of the Windows operating system and will be releasing its own Linux distribution, the company revealed in an SEC filing yesterday.
The annual 10-K report disclosed plans for the development of the "Winux" operating system and detailed special costs related to terminating the Windows business -- including costs associated with supporting current versions of Windows through 2020.
The move signals that Windows -- once the world's most popular operating systems -- is no longer strategically important to Microsoft. Company officials acknowledged that switching to Linux will result in significant cost savings without compromising performance, scalability, reliability, or security. Further, compatibility with most Windows applications will be maintained, the officials said.