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The Operating System Is Dead, Long Live Containers

Computing has undergone radical changes in the past decade, with the advent of tables and smarphones, the emergence of Cloud computing, software based networking, and OpenStack and other platforms that claim to be the "future."  More recently Docker has captured the industry fancy, and a whole list of new Docker focused Linux distros have emerged from VMware and others.   Microsoft has even gotten into the game with increased "love for Linux" on Azure, and Docker support for Windows Server 2016.  

With industry-wide innovation increasingly focused on LInux, what are the implications for Microsoft?   Will Microsoft slowly become irrelevant, or can the company take advantag of these trends to re-energize the MIcrosoft franchise?  We drill down on these trends, and come up with some interesting conclusions in this article.