I recently had an “opportunity” to install Windows Server 2003. Not 2008 or even 2003 R2, but plain ol’ 2003. It got me to thinking, what on earth do they ACTUALLY need this software for? File sharing? User accounts? DHCP? All in all, apart from the very base networking stuff, all the services traditionally offered by server OS’s have migrated to the cloud. In this particular instance there is nothing that the company would loose by moving all the workstations to chrome os. Yes they would need an ISP upgrade, but the saving on hardware would more than make up for that. User accounts are combined with email accounts and services like Google docs can replace file sharing.
The future will be an interesting place, and I wonder if Microsoft will keep up with the change or become the next IBM.