2016 The year Microsoft looks for even more Linux
Microsoft’s ancient mantra that Linux “is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches” [Balmer] seems to be over. That quote came from former CEO Steve Ballmer, who is of course now pursuing other interests and continues to criticise Microsoft’s cloud strategy even though he burned billions of dollars in his time at the top. Ps. The (linux copied) Cloud strategy is a BIG success. Microsoft now decided it needs to offer a Linux certification.
The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure teaches you how to do Linux on Azure by making you do an Azure course and a Linux course. That is a shift.