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.

Permalink for comment 580605
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by davidiwharper on Mon 13th Jan 2014 23:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
Member since:

I have noticed around me that several people that never bought Office before now start buying it in Office 365.

Microsoft very cleverly made the iOS and Android Office apps subscription-only (Windows Phone has Office Mobile included in the base product). I think that this is a major driver of Office 365 sales.

Most people that bought a tablet like it and use it a lot, but all of them still have a pc/laptop as well and now want a new machine with an SSD, touch and "apps" on it.

That's my experience as well, and the numbers (cited in my mammoth post above) suggest that tablets are largely companion rather than primary devices. The more interesting question is whether there will still be a lot of demand for Windows 7 on new hardware, or whether 8.1 will start to bring over the waverers. My guess here is that the outcome will differ depending on the generation: younger people with smartphone and tablet experience will start gravitating towards 8.1, while older people with less technical proficiency and/or who being forcibly kicked off XP (which is going EOL in April) will probably stick to Windows 7.

Reply Parent Score: 3