Windows everywhere?

By Derek Sooman on January 5, 2006, 12:40 PM
Will Windows control the World? Thatís certainly the vision of Bill Gates, who has vowed to make Windows the centre of everything that we do. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Gates outlined his prophecy of the future where consumers can easily control their media, deciding how and when they listen to music, read the news or watch TV Ė with Windows at the heart of it all. Windows will be the backbone that binds everything together, no longer bound to the PC. Wow.




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mtyson8 said:
Well, obviously, for this to work windows will have to be VERY stable. What a world we would live in if we had windows for everything full of viruses. Hopefully, if we can watch TV or read the newspaper through it, Microsoft would have to do something about the hacking in, virus city. WHo wants to read the newspaper with spyware ads?
asphix said:
the prospects of this are very attractive in my opinion. While I certainly have my annoyances with Microsoft, I also acknowledge everything their OS, and their involvement has done to the computer and electronics industry.What they plan on doing with Vista, computers, and the living room (xbox 360) is risky, but if pulled off will be amazing and overshadow any achievment they have made so far.It will be the best form of promotion, having an infrastructure such as that built. Cell phone companies will approach Microsoft to have the ability to integrate into the Microsoft infrastructure and thus have features that help connect every aspect of a persons life to their device.It will make Microsoft big $$ and change the way a lot of us live our lives. I can barely wait to see if they can pull it off and how many new cool ways to do things I will have available.
exscind said:
The article talks as if this was not already the case... you can buy anything you can at a regular store online, you can download movies and songs... for quite a bit of people this is already the case. The speech made by Gates is pretty much a combating music piracy in disguise by inserting music store softwares like MTV's Urge in Windows. On one hand I guess I am glad the problem is being dealt with, but I know some people (like me) don't need it. So all it does is adding "bloatware" to my computer. Hopefully Vista will have an option to not install these softwares.
PanicX said:
[b]Originally posted by exscind:[/b][quote]The article talks as if this was not already the case... you can buy anything you can at a regular store online, you can download movies and songs... for quite a bit of people this is already the case. The speech made by Gates is pretty much a combating music piracy in disguise by inserting music store softwares like MTV's Urge in Windows. On one hand I guess I am glad the problem is being dealt with, but I know some people (like me) don't need it. So all it does is adding "bloatware" to my computer. Hopefully Vista will have an option to not install these softwares.[/quote]Great post! I share your views on all these points, unfortunately I think its wishful thinking that Vista will allow any form of removal of their DRM software.I recall reading an article that referenced a Microsoft memo about creating a more Unix like OS in the future. Thats the only possibility I can see to Windows becoming a platform to be stable enough to maintain that vision.
asphix said:
The key that you guys are missing is right now you can do all those things from your computer... and its not all seamlessly integrated.The future in Bill Gates eyes holds the ability to do all these things from any device.. anywhere! And windows is the platform through which it is all centered upon. On top of that, its all seamless.. perfectly integrated as if you were operating a really well designed piece of home theater equipment (or x360 if you've had a chance at the dashboard).An example would be streaming your home movies or music stored on your PC to your mobile phone, or using MSN messanger to control your Media Center PC to record a show while at work. Its a giant framework that will provide the same general services but make them more accessable, integrated and rewarding.
2old said:
It certainly is a compelling vision. As with most people the concern is the platform/org. we are talking about - yes they have done great things for the industry and home pc use but I shudder at the constant security updates and patches.Imagine someone taking control of your system through the latest security flaw and having control over a much wider range of your assets etc etc.
nathanskywalker said:
hhhmmm...no i don't think he will, at least i hope not. First of all, one major monopoly, very bad idea; if there is no competion, it can charge more for less. Second of all, unless Gates has a few wild cards of his sleeves, his security measures just aren't enough, one platform is just to easily focused on by hackers. More operating systems, means that no one hacker can no everything about every system. Plus, there will always be pros and cons to every operating system.
Masque said:
[b]Originally posted by nathanskywalker:[/b][quote]hhhmmm...no i don't think he will, at least i hope not. First of all, one major monopoly, very bad idea; if there is no competion, it can charge more for less. Second of all, unless Gates has a few wild cards of his sleeves, his security measures just aren't enough, one platform is just to easily focused on by hackers. More operating systems, means that no one hacker can no everything about every system. Plus, there will always be pros and cons to every operating system.[/quote]I wouldn't worry too much. There will ALWAYS be people trying to build better....and pushing companies to the limit. While there might be a monopoly, people like this will, at least, help keep the technology rising and the cost down....otherwise, people WILL move on to something else...this has been proven time and time again.
iluvnug said:
Next year, optical implants so that you can view the world through Microsoft vision technology. Seriously, it sounds like Bill wants every single person to be connected to Microsoft. I just don't share this vision. I am the type of person that likes to shop around, eat at many different restaraunts, and change up my wardrobe. Go Linux!
fury said:
Before that can happen, he needs to make Windows as available and as useful as duct tape, which is what holds everything together now. ;)
brownpaper said:
Perhaps, Microsoft wants to reinvent itself . It would really help them get more market share and grow larger. The Xbox 360 is a stepping stone into the living room, despite initially losing money at first. Also, there are consumer devices that are embedded with Windows. Though, they still need to fix and improve their OS before anything else.
zachig said:
I think that Windows already controls the world, don't you think?
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by zachig:[/b][quote]I think that Windows already controls the world, don't you think?[/quote]At least some parts of it, yes.
Rage_3K_Moiz said:
Only Windows as an OS everywhere would make us terribly dependent upon Microsoft for updates etc.(as if we're already not, to some extent at least) so that would allow them to charge whatever they want to because that would be the only thing we can use. Microsoft would be the drug peddler and we'd be the addicts, metaphorically speaking.
otmakus said:
[b]Originally posted by Mictlantecuhtli:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by zachig:[/b][quote]I think that Windows already controls the world, don't you think?[/quote]At least some parts of it, yes.[/quote]and those parts are growing...
barfarf said:
iluvnug optical implants are not insidious enough. Brain implants would be the way to perhaps something akin to the movie Johnny Mnemonic. That way it would be finally seemless. We can read emails, transmit emails, and surf the web all directly from our brain. Using the organic Microsoft OS!! And they say foil hats are for crazy people Linux. Ha =).
mentaljedi said:
That vision is perfectly fine by me. ITs the fact that its Windows that bugs me. I mean, WIndows already controlls the world though Linux is like its little brother and Mac like the annoying next door neighbourgh. But i hear that Vista will be relly good so i'm split. I really hope Vista is good, i really do.
John Smith said:
Reminds me of Wired Magazines article about the "NSA Key" embedded in windows. It would be good for the security agencies biz if everyone was wired via windows, considering they would have a back door.
xerowingsx5k said:
Sounds like Bill Gates is trying to achieve world domination? I hope by the time that happens, if it happens, Windows will be a strong and stable operating system. We just have to stay optimistic.
Race said:
I agree with sx5k.......and besides, no one is forcing anybody to do or use anything.If todays problems are sorted out...it probably will be awesome.
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