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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RE[5]: Comment by Nelson
by sbenitezb on Mon 13th Jan 2014 15:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson "
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Users want choice

I'm not sure it applies to the great majority.

Users want USB and micro-SD and don't want iTunes

And yet a great lot of devices were sold without either USB or an SD card. There are lots of tech-ignorant people that don't know/don't care.

Users want big-screen phones

Completely disagree. Some people (like me) don't like too big screens. I hate the Samsung S3 for this very reason (and some more).

Users want cheap devices

No argument here. But quality and performance is important. So you pay more if you want a smoother device.

That is why Android is dominant and not iOS

Not entirely accurate. It has nothing to do with USB, SD card, iTunes or screen size. It's all about 1. price, 2. telcos deals with manufacturers.

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