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.
Sally forth the “Windows 8 was fine*” crowd. Loose the gates, spread the table, make haste!
* If you built your own PC, installed the OS fresh, tweaked it, and installed a start menu replacement.
Ironically, I was getting on okay with Windows 8, it was 8.1 that sent me back to Windows 7; Win8.1 made the Start Screen an incomprehensible mess akin to a paint explosion in Ikea.
Edited 2014-01-13 10:11 UTC