The end is nigh ?
Well, not quite. Microsoft are moving to the same method of development as Google, some may argue, they are going the same way as Chromium too.
Either way, this is a bit of a strange announcement. At a time when gamers now have Steam on Linux/Apple Mac, Servers have already long gone to Linux, what kind of message does this send to the last bastions of Microsoft dominance, The corporate customers.
In one sense, there should be a big cheer, because finally OS upgrades should become a thing of the past, however, the model most business' employ for managing change is going to need to be much more robust ! According to Microsoft, new technologies will simply be rolled out in updates. If I was running a corporate estate of a few thousand computers, I'd want to manage that change !! Most large corps should already be doing this, but these kinds of updates may change the UI, they may make old bits of hardware obsolete .. put simply, it's a nightmare to manage.
This is a high risk announcement by Microsoft, however .. For some time they have been dying on their feet, and they have to do something. How this pans out, really could be a game changer for computers moving forward.