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[7]: Microsoft in transition
by lemur2 on Wed 15th Jan 2014 00:28 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Microsoft in transition"
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"I recommend don't upgrade an existing installation but rather just install the newer versions (after first testing it).

I recommend the same. I even have two versions of Kubuntu in every computer: the current and the old one, each one in their own partition.

This way if the current Linux installation would fail, I would still have the prior one. The former Linux installation is also available with its configuration files, and so they can be consulted later, etc.

Given that disk space is not an issue these days, I also adopt that exact same practice of having two Linux OS installations at any one time, one of which I use only as a fallback. When I upgrade to a new version I over-write the fallback, I begin using the new version, and the version that I was formerly using becomes the new fallback. It would appear that we have both come up with the same solutions.

I normally leave out this detail in online discussions, however, because although it is simple to do it is complex to describe, and I fear that recommending it would only confuse people.

I do note however that doing something similar for Windows systems (i.e. having a fallback installation) would be extremely rare.

Edited 2014-01-15 00:29 UTC

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