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[3]: So it's true... !
by tylerdurden on Mon 13th Jan 2014 21:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So it's true... !"
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PC sales have been down (negative growth) pretty much across the board for basically a year and a half. So as far as growth is concerned, that market segment is pretty much taped out it seems.

It's not the end of the world as that segment, albeit stagnant, is still huge. So Microsoft is probably not going anywhere. But there are questions, however, regarding whether they (MS) can keep meeting growth expectations or if they may have to contract at some point in the future. That is not a position MS has ever found itself in, but it was bound to eventually happen.

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