In this post I just want to convey a simple, yet powerful, idea: Last week Microsoft announces that the Windows UI is about to get re-invented with WinRT. Instead of bashing MS about its policy concerning WPF and SL, be smart and see here a fantastic entrepreneurship opportunity. The future top WinRT applications\tooling\trainers\consultants will be the ones that get developed today.
You are not happy being employed? I wasn’t too back in 2001. I wanted action, enthusiasm, innovation, technical expertise and reward. At that time I was flagged C++ expert and I discovered .NET. I wrote the reference book in French concerning C#/.NET with O’Reilly France, released mid 2003. It allowed me to capitalize on skills and clients trust. I then developed a successful consultancy expertise/training activity. In parallel I wrote the second version of the book for C#2 late 2005. Meantime I released a small OSS static analyzer in mid 2004, that became NDepend pro, at early 2007 and that made me and my team living for almost 5 years now, and hopefully for many years to come.
All this was possible because I capitalized on the .NET platform at early stage. I didn’t revolutionized the world but today, I absolutely love my job + awesome perspective for future versions + well enough money + no (stupid) boss + very few time and location constraints.
Today the exact same situation occurs again. Microsoft bets all on WinRT as it used to bet much on .NET. It is a risky strategy but, like it or not, Microsoft generally wins. Do you remember C++ and Java guys making fun of .NET? Do Java have LINQ today? It doesn’t even have clean generics! Start a business based on WinRT and Windows 8 now and it will be mechanically pushed by the bulldozer marketing machine Microsoft is currently cranking up. On a pure technical side it can be tooling/training/book/consulting. But if you feel well acquainted with a particular business, it can be a B2B or B2C product that will be first delivered and first ranked on the upcoming MS store.
Exciting isn’t it? Good luck my friend!