Microsoft: The post-Windows company? | Money - WCVB Home. Microsoft is making its money these days as a hardware company (Surface) and a cloud company (Windows 365, Cloud services). It takes time for the battleship to turn around; but, when it does, don't get in the way. So, it is logical that Microsoft is giving free upgrades to Windows 10. The operating system is becoming less relevant; although, many of us use software that resides on the desktop and performs specific tasks related to our practices. My state specific document processing software, for example, is ancient in computer years, and only runs in Windows. It could run in a virtual box in another OS, like Linux; but, that slows it down, and is problematic. Never fix something that works. Unless, of course, it works better.