Ahead of the release of Windows 11 next month, Microsoft’s operating system is no longer the company’s biggest money-maker as its cloud computing business has overtaken Windows in recent years.
as reported by business Insider, CEO Satya Nadella has spent seven of his years at the company focused on expanding Microsoft Azure. In fact, in January last year Nadella joked that he might start referring to the company’s operating system as “Azure Edge” as Windows becomes an extension of the cloud computing service.
The launch of Windows 11 follows last year’s pandemic-fueled PC boom and comes at a time when chip shortages have made it difficult for consumers to purchase new devices. Thankfully, Microsoft has the answer in the form of its new Windows 365 PC-as-a-Service offering that allows users to stream Windows desktops to any of their devices.
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As the company’s cloud revenue has grown, Windows is now part of its “More Personal Computing” revenue segment, which also includes Xbox, Surface Hardware and Bing Search Ads.
An on-ramp for Azure
In the past Microsoft required users to pay to upgrade to the latest version of their operating system but that all changed with the release of Windows 10 in 2015. Like Apple, the company allowed users to upgrade for free and that would be the case with the release of Windows 11 next month.
While users no longer have to pay for Windows upgrades, Microsoft’s operating system still provides a lot of value for the company as developers are more likely to write software for it due to its larger user base. One of the reasons Azure has been able to catch up with AWS in the cloud computing space is because of its larger install base with Windows as well as Microsoft 365.
With Windows 11, Microsoft plans to accomplish even more with developers with better window management through its Snap Layout that allows power users to quickly open multiple applications to pre-set positions on their screens. gives. At the same time, the company is also revamping its Windows App Store to allow developers a bigger cut in revenue from their apps.
The release of Windows 11 will give existing users a reason to continue using Microsoft’s operating system, but it will also help Azure grow, especially as more people turn to OneDrive to store their files in the cloud.
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via Business Insider