Read over at James Governor’s redmonk blog:
Maritz said that other major tech firms were still “consolidating the client/server stack” while VMware wanted to capture a new wave of application development.
“Developers are moving to Django and Rails. Developers like to focus on what’s important to them. Open frameworks are the foundation for new enterprise application development going forward. By and large developers no longer write windows or Linux apps. Rails developers don’t care about the OS – they’re more interested in data models and how to construct the UI. Those are the things developers are focusing on now. The OS will fade into the background and become one of many pieces. We plan to do the best job of supporting these frameworks.”
Or as he said to the analysts:
“Our goal is to become the home of open source and open framework-based development”.
I think this is really what the “post PC” era really means, desktop applications are going to become a niche market, only to be used if the task can’t be done on the web, in the cloud. Lots of really interesting stuff in that article that you should check out.