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]: Comment by MOS6510
by davidiwharper on Mon 13th Jan 2014 23:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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I think you'll find that outside of the tech-crowd, most people generally want to do the right thing and do voluntarily buy Office for their home computers, even if only at the prompting of a salesperson when they're buying their PC. Often it will be the very inexpensive Home and Student, but still, they do buy a real copy.

As an aside, Microsoft have really stepped up their antipiracy efforts over the years. It's now harder to give copies to all of your friends, as activation is now required even for many corporate SKUs. In addition, users who unwittingly had pirated software installed (by the proverbial nephew) get notified as soon as the key is blacklisted - and from memory the save functionality goes away as well - which prompts them to go out and buy a genuine copy.

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