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 lemur2 on Tue 14th Jan 2014 10:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So it's true... !"
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There is a vast amount of (very expensive) critical software for architecture, engineering, mathematics, science and business use that only runs on Windows. It is unlikely to ever be ported to any other platform. MS could charge $5000 per licence and customers would still pay.

Only those few customers who had such a specialist application. The vast majority of users are very well catered for with a modern Linux desktop. A number of organisations have now moved to desktop Linux, it is entirely possible to do these days.

If a larger percentage of non-specialist desktop users started running the Linux desktop, as some organisations have already done, then the vendors of specialist applications would start releasing Linux versions.

Indeed, some have already done so:

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