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: So it's true... !
by japh on Mon 13th Jan 2014 17:35 UTC in reply to "So it's true... !"
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... how much market share has Windows got, overall ? More than 90%? Hmm... they're in trouble then !

Because they will soon be replaced by OSX (7.someting%)... no wait, they will soon be replaced by Linux (1.7%). No, wait, those desktop PCs will soon be replaced by a single Samsung phone running Android 5.x (codenamed "WindowsIsDoomedKat").

I noticed you stopped quoting numbers when we got to android phones. You do know that Android outsells windows by a wide margin already. Devices that often have enough computing power to replace a lot of desktop machines. You don't think that'll do something to shift the balance in the long run?

Already it is entirely possible (thanks to apple and Android) to live a Microsoft-free life. If you tried that 10 years ago, you'd be fighting an uphill battle all the way.

You don't think that losing it's consumer computing dominance will affect windows long term?

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