Time To Close The Windows?

Time To Close The Windows?
Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 15 april 2008

The Telegraph has a summary of a discussion that’s taking place in the tech industry about whether Microsoft’s Windows has not evolved fast enough to keep up with modern computer and mobile use and that upgrades to the latest version (Vista) is unnecessary.

Gartner executives Neil MacDonald and Michael Silver said that Microsoft’s position as the dominant desktop computing giant could be eroded by a new wave of technologies muscling in on their traditional space, including the delivery of software and programs via the web rather than installed on hard-drives, as well as the shift towards low-cost and open-source computing.

“For Microsoft, its ecosystem and its customers, the situation is untenable,” said the analysts at a technology conference in Las Vegas.

Users want a stripped-back, more streamlined version of the operating system, said the analysts, capable of running on cheaper and more basic portable devices, such as mobile phones and notebook computers, such as the hugely popular Asus Eee PC.

“Apple introduced its iPhone running OS X, but Microsoft requires a different product on handhelds because Windows Vista is too large, which makes application development, support and the user experience all more difficult,” said the analysts. “Windows as we know it must be replaced,” they added.


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