p2pnet news | Products:- That sound you hear? It’s windows breaking.
Microsoft Windows, that is.
And things will only get worse unless Microsoft pulls its metaphorical finger out, warn two analysts.
Microsoft, “must make radical changes to its operating system or risk becoming a has-been,” said Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald at a Gartner-sponsored conference in Las Vegas.
Bill and the Boyz haven’t responded to the market which is, “overburdened by nearly two decades of legacy code and decisions,” they say according to Computerworld.
“For Microsoft, its ecosystem and its customers, the situation is untenable,” said Silver and MacDonald.
Among other things, Windows’ rapidly-expanding code base makes it virtually impossible to quickly craft a new version with meaningful changes, says the story, going on, “That was proved by Vista, they said, when Microsoft – frustrated by lack of progress during the five-year development effort on the new operating – hit the “reset” button and dropped back to the more stable code of Windows Server 2003 as the foundation of Vista.”
Windows’ “monolithic nature” not only makes it tough to deliver a worthwhile upgrade, but threatens Microsoft in the mid- and long-term, state Silver and MacDonald, says Computerworld, continuing >>>
Users want a smaller Windows that can run on low-priced – and low-powered – hardware. And increasingly, users work with “OS-agnostic applications,” the two analysts said in their presentation. It takes too long for Microsoft to build the next version, the company is being beaten by others in the innovation arena, and in the future – perhaps as soon as the next three years – it’s going to have trouble competing with Web applications and small, specialized devices.
The way to go, suggested the Gartner duo, is virtualization under which they envision, “a very modular and virtualized world” with a “hypervisor” as standard on client as well as server versions of Windows.
“An OS, in this case Windows, will ride atop the hypervisor, but it will be much thinner, smaller and modular than it is today,” the said, adding:
“Even the Win32 API set should be a module that can be deployed to maintain support for traditional Windows applications on some devices, but other[s] may not have that module installed.”
Computerworld – Windows is ‘collapsing,’ Gartner analysts warn, April 10, 2008
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