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Uncertainty could turn Windows 8 into the next Vista - Paul Thurrott
Authored by: kuroshima on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 04:27 PM EST
It's something I've been noting and sharing with my
aquaintances for a while. Extend that backwards:


Dos based Windows
pre 3.11? no idea, I'm too young for them, and I'm not sure
they were actually released in my country (Spain).
3.11? good
95? bad
98? eventually it was decent (sort of)
ME? Bad

NT based Windows
Pre 4.0? no idea, I'm too young for them.
4.0? bad (at least it was quite frustrating. Pre XP WinNT
was not targeted towards the consumer anyway AFAIK, instead
being targeted towards businesses. Correct me if I'm wrong)
XP? Good
Vista? Bad
7? Good
8? Bad

No experience with 2k based windows

If you consider only the customer targeted OSes, you have an
unbroken good/bad progression from 3.11 to 8...

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Windows share at 40%. The monopoly is broken.
Authored by: symbolset on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 05:12 PM EST

Yes, Microsoft Windows is now on only 40 percent of Personal Computers shipped, because smartphones and smart tablet are personal computers.

That is the difference. The monopoly has been broken. From there the end is usually swift.

Microsoft can no longer demand partner loyalty on pain of death, as the partners have somewhere else to go. They haven't offered partner profitability in a very long time. What they can still do is drive their partners away faster, and that's what they're doing.

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