Gartner analysts warn Windows is collapsing

By on April 11, 2008, 7:18 AM
Speaking at the Emerging Trends conference, a couple of Gartner analysts warned that Windows is in danger of collapsing should Microsoft fail to make radical changes to their operating system. Though that may sound like an overstatement aimed at grabbing some headlines, they do note some important long-term issues that may threaten the software giant’s dominant position in the market.

One of the key problems, according to the analysts, is that Microsoft’s operating system development times are too long and fail to deliver genuine innovation – you may remember Microsoft had to cut several Vista features in order to have the product out the door by January 2007 after a five year period since the release of XP. Other issues mentioned by Gartner include the complexity of Windows, its large footprint, and the trend towards web-based apps.

That said, Microsoft still holds an overwhelmingly large yet slowly diminishing share of the operating system market and the fact that countless applications come out first or only on Windows further makes it difficult for businesses to shift to an alternative to Windows. The trend, however, should be of concern for Microsoft.

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9Nails said:
Hey Gartner, how about a big sip of Shut-up! I like long development times, both for work and for home. Even 3-year windows are too soon and expensive. Often we're forced to upgrade a multitude of software packages and rarely is there any radical improvements. I'm not one who's so excited as to upgrade my OS each year or sooner like my Apple friends needed.
windmill007 said:
I wouldn't mind if it was worth upgrading too. Sick of the ME's Lets try something exciting and new. If there was an OS that nativly worked with windows programs other than microsoft windows I think many would switch. Untill then we are forced to use Windows OS inwhich XP is ok but if they ever force us at some point to move forward with there vision of better OS when in reality its not many will abandon the Windows OS in droves. I just wish I could go to microsoft and find out what they are thinking. I think they have become so big that they have lost any vision forward. Just feed us something and they figure they have enuff market share and people are to scared to switch so microsoft can dish out whatever and people will follow them.[Edited by windmill007 on 2008-04-11 13:03:55]
icye said:
Most people just don't want to get out of their comfort zone of Windows to learn much better operating systems such as Linux.
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