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[2]: Windows Nap Time
by davidiwharper on Tue 14th Jan 2014 07:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Windows Nap Time"
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We use Windows because there is a need of Microsoft Office, and inhouse/legacy software written for Windows and will run only on Windows.

To be fair, for core use cases [basic productivity and web/email tasks & no Windows-specific software] going to a Mac is feasible, or even to some sort of Linux with LibreOffice if your starting point is Office 97-2003. Google rolls their own Ubuntu desktop for exactly this sort of user, in addition to developer types. Only people who actually need Windows software get Windows workstations if I recall correctly.

The problem for desktop Linux adoption, as distinct from Apple, is not so much feature parity (compared with an XP/Office 2003 era starting point), but rather that companies with limited internal support resources - that's all small and medium businesses, and many larger ones too - struggle to make the switch because there's very little training available for end users or the internal I.T. staff who have to support them. It's not like you can send your less savvy workers away for a few days to do a refresher course like you can with Microsoft Office, and pretty much any new employee who walks through the door will have to be retrained as they will undoubtedly have come from a Microsoft background. Unless you're the size of Google and can afford to create your own training, using some of the savings made on licensing costs, that's pretty much the end of the discussion in most instances.

Having said that, if an SME has stable access to I.T. personnel who know desktop Linux, and particularly LibreOffice, well, and is also are blessed with staff who have good experience with non-Microsoft platforms like Android or iDevices, the idea of evaluating desktop Linux can still make sense. You've got users who are already comfortable with non-MS platforms and apps, and you've got support people to help get them used to LibreOffice & Thunderbird etc. In cases like that it's worth crunching the numbers, running a pilot, and seeing what comes out the other end.

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