Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Jan 2014 10:06 UTC

Paul Thurrott on the next version of Windows and the future of the platform.

In some ways, the most interesting thing about Threshold is how it recasts Windows 8 as the next Vista. It's an acknowledgment that what came before didn't work, and didn't resonate with customers. And though Microsoft will always be able to claim that Windows 9 wouldn't have been possible without the important foundational work they had done first with Windows 8 - just as was the case with Windows 7 and Windows Vista - there's no way to sugarcoat this. Windows 8 has set back Microsoft, and Windows, by years, and possibly for good.

With even Paul Thurrott claiming Windows is in trouble, it becomes virtually impossible to deny it is so.

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Sad but true
by AndyB on Mon 13th Jan 2014 14:30 UTC
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Sadly it doesn't change the fact that certain business software such as Sage Accounts only runs on Windows, and with virtually every accountant in the UK recommending or insisting on Sage being used, it's probably enough to keep them going for a very long time as it won't be the only case!

As a side note, it did amuse me when I visited a Mac dealer recently, who admitted they used Sage via Parallels because there is no native version for Mac!

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