Back in June 2018 I posted a tweet, half joking:
The above tweet mention a ‘leaked list’ of companies that Microsoft would be willing to buy:
- Docker Inc.
- Travis CI
I was trying to make a point: what would be next steps for a company with the political and financial power like Microsoft to dominate the technology ecosystem again1?
When I did post that tweet it looked very obvious and also absurd, so I though it was ridiculous. It would never happen in that way. Would it?
Reality is more absurd than fiction?
I’m not even close to be a financial strategist, not at all, I was writing something ridiculous, way to much ridiculous that it would not happen. Doesn’t it?
Ridiculous, you say? How about this?
Docker expands relationship with Microsoft to ease developer experience across platforms
Is not clear enough? I was right. Again. The next in line was Docker, it may not be an acquisition3, but the plans are there and ridiculous as they seem it may continue in the near future.
So, StackOverflow is next?
I don’t know, folks. But I’m not able to think in one single developer who doesn’t use at least once a week StackOverflow to solve an issue at hand. All, ALL of us use StackOverflow, and it may be very convenient that Microsoft o any other subsidiary have the control4. It may even take more, like going directly against StackExchange, why not?
And what about the others?
- Travis CI? Nahh, it would definitely will not happen. I wrote that tweet months before Github Actions was announced, nobody knew Github was having a direct competitor to TravisCI. So, no.
- Redis Labs? If I were Microsoft, I will buy it, for sure.
- Elastic.co? Yes, it may be incorporate to Azure. And Bezos will be furious!
All of these thinking and coincidences are kind of funny, but I’ve seen people with real concerns about it. I’ve read in the orange website6 that all those movements are the same strategy Microsoft had in the 90s:
Embrace, Extend, and Extinguish
I’m on the idea this it is not the case.
Microsoft is not the same it used to be. All these acquisitions, collaborations and future merges does not happen with the goal of extinguish the others, but to have more participation7 of a section of the ecosystem. In my opinion, it’s not a bad thing per se
The world is not the same either.
The persons who worked on their own projects and later success8 companies deserves their own goals be completed, growing or compensation that may not be achieved directly, selling is not a sin.
Selling is not an end.
Also, there’s enough space to cohabit the developers world, Open Source options, independent communities and foundations, you name it.
Is the future as ridiculous as it may looks? Not sure. I’m not sure.
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It was 80s to 90s, you may or may not be born yet. ↩︎
Via Github, we are not dealing with monopolies nowadays ↩︎
..yet, that would look like a monopoly, and we hate monopolies nowadays, remember? ↩︎
How about LinkedIn merging StackOverflow? ↩︎
My bad, I should not read the comments. ↩︎
and more control, and profit, for sure. ↩︎
… or profitable or sellable, you name it. ↩︎