There are 3 points about the vision of Microsoft that bear some comment.
First, according to Gartner Group stats, as of 2014, there are expected to be 2 billion computers in use worldwide, with annual shipments worldwide peaking around 300 million in 2011, and remaining there for a few years. By 2015, there will be as many smart mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, in the world. In fact, 200 million more smart mobile devices than PCs will ship this year alone. MSFT has a huge installed base (resident on more than 80% of PCs), but is a laggard and a follower in all mobile device markets (e.g. less than a 4% operating system share in smartphones). It needs to head where the consumers are headed.
As Microsoft morphs to become relevant again, big system developers should know that their jobs are safe because the future is about both apps and applications & users and usability. As we move from 2 billion devices needing software to 5 billion devices needing software over the next 5 years, let’s sleep relaxed – those of us in the world of software development have secure futures.