If Windows is a dead end, what's next? predicts the death of
If Windows 7 is more of the same, then maybe it's time to conclude
that Windows is a technology dead end. Last spring, Gartner warned
that Microsoft had to radically change Windows or watch it fade
into irrelevancy. Windows 7 is not that radical change.
So far I have no argument. They then go on to say "In this world, Adobe and Microsoft may be the new OS providers" (though admitting that Apple
could be a player also). The envisioned world is what Microsoft is
now calling "cloud computing"
Of course, others see this trend as well, as evidenced by Google's
Internet-delivered apps; Adobe's its multiplatform AIR and Flash
RIA delivery technologies; and efforts by Amazon.com, Hewlett-Packard,
IBM, and Sun to get into the cloud provisioning game.
The author of that seems to forget that Linux can fill that need far better
than Microsoft can. Of all the parties mentioned, Google and IBM are
the ones most strongly using Linux. Of course anyone can use Linux;
even Microsoft. Wouldn't that be a hoot? Microsoft circa 2012 providing
cloud computing from Linux servers?
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