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Is Windows 'Collapsing?'

IT Firm Says Windows is Collapsing, We Agree Wholeheartedly
Gartner, a technology research and analysis firm, is warning that Windows is "collapsing." The analysts at Gartner said that Microsoft must make drastic changes to its flagship operating system (OS) or risk becoming outmoded.

The two analysts spearheading this charge, Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald , say that Microsoft is burdened by years of legacy code (old, inflexible programming) and bad decisions, and is facing competition on a number of fronts. Unless major changes are made to slim down the operating system soon, it will simply collapse under its own weight.

We've weighed the pros and cons of Windows versus the trendy OS X and scrappy Linux before, and we can think of a number of reasons to recommend either of those over the OS out of Redmond. And we've specifically discussed how Vista missed the mark by targeting high powered desktops that are increasingly being shunned for low powered and cheap laptops.

So is Windows done for? Not quite, but the increasing power and prevalence of Web-based applications make Linux and OS X perfectly viable and tempting solutions, especially as form factors on our devices shrink.

From Computer World



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