For years, Microsoft is creating business software that can only run on Windows operating system. That was quite difficult, even impossible for some companies to purchase database software from Microsoft without purchasing Windows first to run on a server. However, the company is finally breaking the walls. Yesterday, it announced that its famous database software SQL is coming to Linux and will ship sometime next year. There’s already a preview available if anyone wants a peek.
Indeed, it’s a notable shift that Microsoft is taking. Though the company also sold PC software for other company’s operating system, such as for Apple’s Macintosh Computers, Satya Nadella has gone further since he became the CEO of Microsoft, by building software that runs on other mobile’s operating systems, like iOS. Also, he separated the company’s Azure cloud operating system from Windows. Now, it’s going to make it’s so-called back-office software available for Linux.
“Data is the core asset now,” Nadella said to The New York Times. “Our most strategic asset is not the server operating system.”
Mr. Nadella was quick to acknowledge that Windows, the company’s popular operating system was not the center of computing universe anymore. Also Al Gillen, IDC’s enterprise infrastructure VP, explained the reason behind the move on Microsoft’s blog. “This gives customers choice and reduces the concerns for lock-in,” he said. “We would expect this will also accelerate the overall adoption of SQL Server.”
There’s a doubt whether users want to run SQL server on Linux as Oracle’s flagship database is still more popular than SQL and even some open source alternatives like MySQL and PostgreSQL are already popular on Linux. However, it’s a good initiative to shift toward Linux, rather than sticking to a Windows-only policy out of stubborn pride.