The Windows Saga

In a Time Long, Long Ago…

Microsoft Windows debuted in November of 1985. It didn’t garner much support or fanfare as it lacked features and was mostly an extension of the MS-DOS operating system. Since then, Windows has grown in popularity and has eventually become the dominant operating system in the world. With all its success, it has fallen to some conditional errors seen in the continuation of the Windows series. By that I mean, Windows XP was a solid hit and continuation of Windows is becoming a stretched phenomenon as less and less computers use any operating system beyond XP. 75% of computers operating in businesses still use Windows XP. Everyone knows the pitfalls of Vista, but how is this saga likely to continue? Let’s take a look.

Windows 7 – The Saviour

With the complete blunder of Vista, Microsoft needed to redeem itself. They did this through creating Windows 7. Windows 7 doesn’t have the sluggishness of Vista, it runs faster, and has polished features. Without Windows 7, Microsoft could not have rebounded from the failure of Vista. The success rate for Windows 7 is around 10% for all the computers in the world. As you can see, Windows XP still has a larger market share than Windows 7. This is the problem that Microsoft needs to tackle. Businesses are still running XP because there’s no real need to bump up the hardware and therefore no need to install a new operating system. Take TD bank, their office computers are still running XP because it suffices for them. All they need to do is access the company database through their internal network, as well as do simple web browsing. They don’t need to upgrade to anything fancier.

Windows 8

When I think of Windows 8, I immediately think: do we need it? Windows 7 has done such a great job, why change that? The market share for Windows 7 isn’t as great as Windows XP, so why bring in a new contender to early. 2014 would be the year I imagine that Windows 8 to come out. 2012 is too early. Another thing not going for Windows 8 is the fact that it too could be a flop like Vista. Does Microsoft really want to take that chance? All of this, not to mention the problem of OS fragmentation, really does beg the question: do we need Windows 8 so fast?


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