My current office environment relies on MS Windows Server 2008 R2 system as its primary domain controller (PDC), handling Active Directory-based user management and authentication, DNS and DHCP services. We have a secondary system as backup, which stays in-sync with the AD and DNS services; DHCP is, of course, not activated on the secondary so as to avoid broadcasting >1 DHCP service on the network.
Historically very anti-Linux (to the point of litigation), Microsoft has begun to embrace the open source OS, in its own way, out of pure necessity – the cloud computing boom has completely altered the requirements for back-end servers and software, requirements that typical MS Windows products aren’t built to support.
Personally, though I realize this is a “necessity move” on their part, I can’t help but to think that this sort of thing would never have been permitted in a Steve Ballmer-era MS – I see current CEO Sadya Nadella‘s open-minded influence in the background here…
From Wired Magazine: Microsoft Built Its Own Linux Because Everyone Else Did
I, like many in the tech world, have come to see Microsoft as this lumbering, somewhat outdated, juggernaut. But Wired magazine’s latest issue puts the spotlight on new CEO Satya Nadella and his efforts to essentially obliterate the outdated worldview of Steve Ballmer.
I was particularly taken by the profile on the HoloLens technology they’re developing. To my mind, THIS is the future of VR – I’ve tried the Oculus Rift and was thoroughly unimpressed with it – the clunky hardware (which I realize will improve, of course) and the feeling that I’m very cut off from the world around me just feels wrong.
Then I see this article about the HoloLens and I think, “Of course! Superimposing data on top of my real world view is EXACTLY how this should work!” I’ve messed with a few iOS-based AR apps in the past (Yelp’s Monocle, Layar and the now-defunct acrossair browser) but, clearly, having this functionality built in to glasses is a more appealing prospect.