Salesforce.com's Benioff: Windows 8 Is the End of the Road
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, says he believes Windows 8 will be the spark for a shift in enterprise computing, as users must decide whether to continue moving forward with Windows or moving on to the next thing.NEW YORK – Windows 8 will be the catalyst for a major shift in the enterprise, but not necessarily in a way Microsoft would like, according to Salesforce.com’s leader. Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com reiterated his notion that the Windows era is over and said Windows 8 will be the key turning point for decision making on whether to go forward with the Microsoft operating system. In a press conference following his keynote at the Cloudforce 2012 event here on Oct. 19, Benioff said he has heard from CIOs who have said they do not plan to move to Windows 8, with one unnamed CIO stating that Windows is the largest point of security concern in her system. And rather than commit to a move to Windows 8, this CIO said she is intent on moving to a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy and allowing users in her company to access enterprise systems using the devices and platforms they prefer. “The big catalyst of the next shift in the enterprise is Windows 8,” Benioff said. “People are asking do I go to Windows 8 or not,” he added, calling the situation a “gambit.” However, he said, “This was not the case with Windows 7. You heard about the Windows 7 upgrade cycle; you’re not going to hear about the Windows 8 upgrade cycle. This is the end of Windows.”
During his keynote, Benioff described various eras of computing, from the mainframe era in the 1960s to minicomputing in the ’70s, to client servers in the ’80s, cloud computing in the ’90s, mobile computing in the 2000s and social computing in the 2010s.