So the next OS from Microsoft will be Windows Seven (where’s Windows 6?) – does anyone still care?
I simply don’t get it: Vista is barely out, nobody seems to like it, CIO’s refuse to upgrade, analyst firms tell them to wait, individual users who tried it switch back to XP, others time their new PC purchase so they can still get an XP machine – generally speaking Vista was as poorly received as the ill-fated Windows ME.
Apple is gaining market share, the major computer manufacturers are offering Linux PC’s, the Web OS concept is getting popular, applications are already on the Web – can anyone clearly see the shape of personal computing in 2012? (Yes, I know MS plans for 2010, I’m just adding the customary delay.) Will it still matter what OS we use to get on the Internet? How can Microsoft be so out of touch?
Considering the resistance to Vista ( see this Computerworld article on making XP last for 7 years) why would the world want to upgrade switch to yet-another Windows OS in five years?
Of course I’m not saying nobody cares. This hypnotized crowd certainly does.
Update (7/23): ZDNet’s David Berlind is asking the same question.
Update (7/25): Why ‘Seven’ and Not SP1?
Update (8/9): a very good analysis by eWeek: Broken Windows