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Windows death?

© November 2008 Anthony Lawrence

If Windows is a dead end, what's next? predicts the death of Windows:

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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Mon Nov 10 13:38:26 2008: 4754   BrettLegree

I've actually thought that for a while - MS are going to a web-based version of Office, which is arguably their cash cow (though I know they obviously make a lot of money with Windows).

Perhaps they may do that very thing - use what is free (Linux or BSD), sell subscription services to web based software.

They certainly need to do something. I was able to make a pot of tea and drink the first cup before my corporate XP laptop was ready for action today...


Tue Mar 17 08:20:10 2009: 5729   anonymous

I know that if we say it enough times, it will happen. Windows is dead.


Fri Sep 18 16:29:34 2009: 6931   TonyLawrence

Well, we'll soon know whether Win 7 is the wonder of wonders that Microsoft and its shills say or just another crappy MS OS. I was interested to read at (link) that 50% of the survey respondents were thinking of abandoning Microsoft outright.

But then there's this guy: (link)

Me? I've looked at Windows 7 and I wouldn't have switched from 1997 vintage SCO to use it! But that's me: you already know I'm a fruitcake.


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