It has been a huge endeavor to get Windows Vista out the
door, but according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, there's "plenty
more where that came from.” Sure enough, there is more to come starting
with Vista’s first
service pack which should be released before the end of 2007.
There has been much speculation in the industry, however,
that Vista (and similarly Office 2007) would be "last of its kind.” With
the rise of the Internet and the "have it now" aspects of online
applications like Google
Docs & Spreadsheets and Google
Calendar, many experts believe that Microsoft's model of doing business is
going the way of the dinosaur.
"Microsoft made Vista the old-fashioned way, as a
single packaged product that it puts on a disk so users can buy it in a store
and load it onto their computers," said Dean Takahashi of the San
Jose Mercury News.
Takahashi continues with this scenario, "By contrast, rivals such as
Google are creating spreadsheets and browsers that you simply download from a
computer server, which delivers what you need to your desktop as you need it.
If Google follows through with more offerings of free, ad-supported software
over the Internet, Microsoft won't be able to charge a premium for its
operating systems anymore. Nobody will need its big upgrades anymore."
The Windows operating system has grown more and more complex
requiring an immense amount of manpower and resources. Vista has been a 5-year
endeavor and Takahashi estimates that over 10,000 employees working on the
project have cost Microsoft over $10 billion USD in payroll costs alone. “That
has to be close to the costs of some of the biggest engineering projects ever
undertaken, such as the Manhattan Project that created the atomic bomb during
World War II,” said Takahashi.
"The current, integrated architecture of Microsoft
Windows is unsustainable - for enterprises and for Microsoft," said Gartner
analysts Brian Gammage, Michael Silver and David Mitchell Smith.
Despite the skeptics, Microsoft is confident in the
viability of the Windows platform. "We've got a very long list of stuff
our engineers want to do, a long list of stuff all of the companies here want us
to do," he said. "There are so many areas where we need
innovation," said Ballmer.
it comes to future variants of Windows, Fiji
will be the first dramatic update to Vista and will arrive sometime in 2008.
According to various reports, Fiji will include WinFS, better integration
with Windows Live services, native HD DVD support and enhanced speech recognition,
among other things.
Vienna, which is
even further out on the timeline, is expected to be a more radical departure
from what we all consider to be a "traditional Windows operating
system." Although not much is known about this release, the leap in
design/functionality is rumored to be akin to the OS 8-9 to OS X transition.
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quote: Yet, despite those obviously positive attributes, Linux still has practically zero desktop market share. Instead, people shell out hundreds of dollars per copy of Windows. So, bottom line, they can't even get people to take Linux for the desktop even though it is free. What does that tell you?
quote: You make a great advertisement for your university. Your teachers should be proud of you...
quote: Your teachers should be proud of you...
quote: Guess what the VAST majority of computer users don't view things like we do -- they view a computer as merely a tool, and they prefer that tool to work as effortlessly as possible and when it doesn't they want to turn to ONE definite source who takes responsiblity for supporting them.
quote: Like on Windows? Who do you go to when your Dell dies? You go to Dell. So, why couldn't Dell provide Linux support instead of Window support? Is there really something fundamentally crazy about that idea? If they really wanted to they could even create "Dell-linux", complete with a software repository back end (all Linux distros have them) filled with "Dell tested and approved" software. This way they could provide instant security/feature updates for all the software on their customers' computers. Try that on Windows.
quote: Ratings mean nothing. Standing for your convictions does.
quote: Even though I agree with rushfan this once, I'll still always vote for donkeys. ;P
quote: First...thanks to the folks who proved my very point by modding down my post to "zero". :) I appreciate that. I enjoy knowing when I'm right. ;)
quote: Secondly, wien, do you have something specifically against Dell you keep pointing them out
quote: A PC Vendor right now can offer centralized support on a Windows platform, because their is an organized and professional support structure in place from all software companies and hardware vendors for the Windows platform.
quote: Linux on the other hand has separate communities that vary from distro to distro -- oh yeah their are "pockets" of support for maybe the most popular Linux apps....but still a large part of apps requires you go to a geekified website troll forums, or the like to get a simple answer.
quote: Finally for crying out loud don't you understand with Windows things are unified - there aren't 8200 variations of the OS, and don't BS me with "dude um all the distro's perform and act the same" -- they most certainly do NOT.
quote: So then what solution does DELL support -- what distro? What applications? What incentive does DELL have to do all the huge amount of research and work to get all these help docs and support together into a centralized form -- when their sales department is telling them how much of their ca$h flow is in Windows?
quote: Heh. I have absolutely nothing against Dell. They build fine computers. I mentioned them instead of building my example around "some vendor". Exchange all instances of "Dell" with "HP" or "ACME" if you feel I was targeting them unfairly. :)
quote: Organized support structure? In what way? You go to individual vendors with problems with their product. It just so happens that everyone supports Windows, but there's nothing organized about it.
Anyway, I don't see how this relates to ACME Computers (Just so I don't pick on Dell again.) providing support for their Linux computers. They would of course only sell computers with hardware/software supported on Linux by the respective vendors. Any 3rd party hardware/software installed by the user is not their problem.
quote: Yes (though I disagree strongly with your stereotype), but this is only true if you install it on your own. If you buy RedHat, you call RedHat for support. That's why you pay them good money for a free product.
quote: Anyway, this is all beside the point since an OEM would simply go with one distro, and stick to that. There is no reason for them to provide and support every distro out there.
quote: what justification would businesses have to continue to spend money on services that they could get elsewhere for less (or even) free
quote: Traing cost for one thing.
quote: (assuming security issues are addressed)
quote: Support is to free. linuxquestions.org Which is just a hard to understand as the OS itself :)
quote: Linux, which is complicated, bewildering and elitist.
quote: "Microsoft made Vista the old-fashioned way, as a single packaged product that it puts on a disk so users can buy it in a store and load it onto their computers," said Dean Takahashi of the San Jose Mercury News.
quote: Takahashi continues, "By contrast, rivals such as Google are creating spreadsheets and browsers that you simply download from a computer server, which delivers what you need to your desktop as you need it. If Google follows through with more offerings of free, ad-supported software over the Internet, Microsoft won't be able to charge a premium for its operating systems anymore. Nobody will need its big upgrades anymore."
Takahashi's implication that all apps (and operating systems?!?), will become web based is so cliche and old-school that it makes me laugh.
quote: Privacy? You won't have it with Vista anyway... if MS wants into your PC they will go there... and possibly even disable your hardware if they *think* you have messed with something. I really am having a hard time understanding why people aren't outraged.
quote: No internet? Now just how are you going to activate Vista AND keep it activated? You don't phone home, your pc becomes a paperweight.
quote: I call bullshit on that one. You think that Microsoft has some secret control channel they can control and monitor your computer? I think you're being quite paranoid.
quote: "We've got a very long list of stuff our engineers want to do, a long list of stuff all of the companies here want us to do," he said.
quote: "There are so many areas where we need innovation," said Ballmer