Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 22:23 UTC
Windows "Windows 7 might be a massive commercial success and an undeniably rock solid piece of software, but Microsoft is apparently unwilling to rest on those soft and cozy laurels. Asked about the riskiest product bet the Redmond crew is currently developing, its fearless leader Steve Ballmer took no time in answering 'the next release of Windows'." Also of note in this same video interview thing: Ballmer states that Silverlight is now pretty much strictly a client, non-cross platform thing, while explicitly stating that when it comes to doing something universal, "the world's gone HTML5".
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RE[2]: Risky?
by vaette on Mon 25th Oct 2010 09:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Risky?"
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Microsoft can secure its investment: Make Windows expire or stop releasing security updates starting, say, 2012, and people will have to "upgrade" to Windows 8. Just like Microsoft did with Windows XP ;)

You mean "will do in 2014". Sure Microsoft stops issuing patches for the OSs eventually, but 13 years is a pretty good commitment overall. If XP is anything like 2000/NT4 that deadline will be extended a couple of times as well.

For reference here is the support deadlines for XP: http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-gb&C2=1173

"Mainstream support" basically means the end of sales, warranty and the help hotlines. Extended support does security updates.

Edited 2010-10-25 09:08 UTC

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