Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 15:47 UTC
Windows Casey Muratori dissects the consequences of Windows 8's closed distribution model. "But how realistic is the assumption that the Windows desktop will still be a usable computing platform in the future? And what would be the consequences were it to disappear, leaving Windows users with only the closed software ecosystem introduced in Windows 8? To answer these questions, this volume of Critical Detail examines the immediate and future effects of Microsoft's current certification requirements, explores in depth what history predicts for the lifespan of the classic Windows desktop, and takes a pragmatic look at whether an open or closed ecosystem would be better for Microsoft as a company." The section that details how none - none - of this year's greatest games (or last year's fantastic Skyrim) and only one of this year's Emmy-nominated TV shows pass Microsoft's rules sent chills down my spine.
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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Tue 16th Oct 2012 18:29 UTC
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2005-07-12

I don't think the Windows desktop will disappear, or become closed.

There are way too many use cases where Metro absolutely won't cut it. In many of these situations, Linux is already a good fit. In some, it is even an excellent fit.

It's possible Microsoft is willing to sacrifice a few desktop licenses in exchange for a larger share of the tablet market, but I doubt it. These desktop installs are what necessitates Windows in the server room. If your core business can't use Windows, it becomes less necessary on the periphery.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by Lorin on Tue 16th Oct 2012 21:59 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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2010-04-06

A few licenses? My company alone is equal to 200k and more will follow, now take $100 - 150 per and multiply that lost revenue.

We are deciding which Linux distro to support and will put all that money into that one.

Edited 2012-10-16 22:02 UTC

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