Originally Posted by htpcforever
I see it quite differently. I see Microsoft attempting to get all consumers onto a single OS level so they can finally put the others to bed for good. They want people to shift to an OS which is also a lot closer to what is running on the newest XBOX. This makes it easier for developers.
The compelling reason to run Windows is also the reason why Mac and Linux have such a small market segment in comparison...games. Gaming on a non-Windows system (discounting consoles) is simply not very good. Games come months later, if at all. Need help with a game issue wile running it on Linux or a Mac? Good luck finding it.
The other compelling reason is cost. A business can buy a few PCs for the price of a Mac. PCs run all the productivity software you could ever want or need. Even if you look at desktop publishing, where the Max always does well, and you will find a Windows PC can do just as well.
When it comes to getting support for issues, Linux fails big time there, in comparison to the PC and Mac. There simply are not enough people who can walk Grandma though making any changes to a Linux system. It has come a long way, and I support that entirely, but it simply is far, far from being something easily understood by enough people to matter.
We don't entirely disagree as such.
My biggest pet peeve (as I have ranted enough about...) is I shouldn't have to give a rat's ass about the Xbox. The Xbox is a gaming console
. If the company that makes the dominant OS that runs on >95% (or is it more?) of the PCs out there, has a gaming console as a focus point when designing their OS, something's very wrong. I realize a lot of people choose Windows over other OSes because of games and that's perfectly fine. It's the other much much bigger segment of users who use Windows for work
, that suffer due to decisions made for these smaller communities.
Microsoft has been moving towards this "One Windows that runs everywhere"...for way more reasons than people think. It's called cost.
Development/Testing/QA and what not of multiple versions costs quite a bit more. A lot more. And all of their sideline endeavours like a tablet, phone, automotive etc etc have been...well..sideline projects. They are all unprofitable. Windows on the desktop is the cash cow. Show me another product that Windows runs on that's profitable, other than the desktop. (The xbox doesn't count).
The business community again, has a number of reasons for using Windows, and cost is only one
of the reasons. Active Directory and Office baby...
Trust me, maintaining Windows desktops for a large organization is not easy or cheap. They still do it because there's no other choice. Yet.
And then Microsoft is still struggling for all of the various reasons I've said before.
My point I guess is, if you're a software
company, what are you doing to make your software
stand out from the others?