Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2016 held in Orlando to talk about Windows (Office and Office) products but also for acquire LinkedIn which caused a stir after the public announcement of its acquisition by the company.
A particular moment during Nadella's talk was when he referred to Microsoft's operating system, which according to the CEO has begun a long-term transformation, with the ultimate goal of bringing together all platforms and merging PCs, smartphones and consoles games.
"Windows is the most open platform there is," Satya Nadella told ZDNet, adding that it is aimed at users, developers and IT alike. This approach brings them in contact and when it brings them, something magical happens. ”
Microsoft's efforts to create a single operating system is based mainly on the universal apps that are supposed to run on all Windows devices, will have the same look and feel, but will adapt to different screen sizes without affecting the experience of the user.
Of course Mrs Satya Nadella also has the opposite view.
The universal apps platform has often been criticized by many. One of them is Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, who said (and very right in my opinion) that Microsoft does not offer an open platform, but just the opposite.
"Let's take a look at what happens to developers, and in particular: If they ask to become a Microsoft Registered Developer, and Microsoft accepts, what about the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app they developed and submitted to Microsoft?"
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"If Microsoft accepts the application, then it will digitally sign it using its DRM to return it to the project owner. Only then will the developer be able to distribute it to users, and users will be able to install it manually to run on any machine with the default settings of windows 10. Is this open? You can judge it. ”