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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Sad but true
by AndyB on Mon 13th Jan 2014 14:30 UTC
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Sadly it doesn't change the fact that certain business software such as Sage Accounts only runs on Windows, and with virtually every accountant in the UK recommending or insisting on Sage being used, it's probably enough to keep them going for a very long time as it won't be the only case!

As a side note, it did amuse me when I visited a Mac dealer recently, who admitted they used Sage via Parallels because there is no native version for Mac!

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RE: Sad but true
by Morgan on Mon 13th Jan 2014 15:17 in reply to "Sad but true"
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As a side note, it did amuse me when I visited a Mac dealer recently, who admitted they used Sage via Parallels because there is no native version for Mac!

That's the entire reason the company I work for hasn't switched to Macs yet, though our irreplaceable app is Quickbooks Enterprise. All of the big wigs in the company are Apple devotees; they all use Macs, iPads, and iPhones at home. One long-time, influential employee is extremely vocal in her desire to use a Mac at work. As the only IT staff, I'd certainly be up for it; it would greatly simplify my job.

Unfortunately, there is no Quickbooks Enterprise for OS X, and likely never will be. I've brought up Parallels to the bosses, but the added cost of that software, the Windows licenses, and the price of Apple hardware combined keeps us on Windows machines for the foreseeable future. Interestingly, on the server side Quickbooks is compatible with Linux, though it's Intuit's devotion to Windows for the client (likely due to the stagnant and bloated code base, but that's just a guess based on the poor performance of the client) that will keep it off of Macs. Rewriting/porting such a behemoth would be a massive undertaking, and most companies using Quickbooks are likely already Windows-only anyway.

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RE[2]: Sad but true
by davidiwharper on Mon 13th Jan 2014 23:32 in reply to "RE: Sad but true"
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Does QB Enterprise work on CrossOver Mac? According to WineHQ QBEv14 crashes on launch but it's worth keeping your eye on IMHO.

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