Windows will start to die, when desktop applications will start to die. And that's not taking place anytime soon. VDE and web based applications may accelerate this, but even then, it'll be awhile. For most people, it isn't about platform, it is about applications...
My Vista was replaced by LM 15 and it ran just fine. The system was used for browsing the web, emails, and light office document creation, but OpenOffice ain't no MS Office and missed Visio. I was about to put back Vista, when W8.1 came out and gave it a whirl. After customization of the system, I like w8.1 and probably buy the RTM version when it is available. Especially, since 8.1 improved the performance of the relatively old laptop to the level that it pretty close to the first generation ultrabook performance. Yes, with the SSD...
Please folks do let High Tech Media wash your brains,,,, Windows 9 is in the works and we all will be getting lots of stories and new reports in a few weeks in regards how its looking and what it will have and stuff like Metro and UI it wont have.... I think by the end of 2014 Windows 9 will be ready to release and we all will be very happy...
Yes it will have a start button and full working menu for starters and it will be very very fast...
Don't let foolish Media try to scare or brain wash you, Windows for laptops and desktops will be around on this earth till Hell Freezes it Over!
But I agree that Microsoft Corp, wont be the same Company that we all know in a few years, I am very sure Microsoft will be taken apart and sold section/department as time clicks forward, and we will also see sections/departments closed for good.
Microsoft will sell, and partner in the future stay tuned this will be the next major change at Microsoft...
PS: Windows 10 and onward is where this new transformation and partnerships will show up and in a full affect from Windows 10 and every other Windows future new OS updates will not have the name of Microsoft stamped on the DVD or Retail boxes, This will be a very Interesting time as they say around 2015...
I believe its always a good idea to expose yourself to other operating systems other than Windows. I started doing that since the plague of Vista. Ubuntu was the first Linux distro that I was exposed to and I believed it was a great alternative. I've tried all of the releases up to 13.04 and I think its a great alternative overall. Of course I do admit it would be great if there were a bit more commercial software. Microsoft Office is essential for my work and its just not the same using another alternative office suite. Maybe in the future?
I also tried OS X and I find it a great OS too. It does have support for Microsoft Office and other suites like iLife. It has a lot of commercial software. I'm not why people complain that OS X sucks. The only bad thing I see is the lack of games for it, but most people already have gaming consoles for that.
You may be wondering if I have a Mac? Well no I have a PC laptop, but who said I needed a Mac to run OS X lol? I actually have Linux, OS X, and Windows installed on my laptop. I get the best of all 3 worlds.
MS haven't done very well trying to transition consumers into their clouds - so far. I am not convinced 8.1 will do all that much better.
It is part of the bigger picture of transitioning ownership and control away from the individual into the hands of the corporations.
I don't know if our kids/grandkids will understand what ownership is - they might spend their entire lives in the control of other entities.
There is another possible scenario. Perhaps people will always understand the importance of ownership. Perhaps they will continue to demand it and resort to renting in certain circumstances.
Kindle fired: 75% want printed books, not ebooks | WashingtonExaminer.com
In response to that article, I love my kindle and I like buying my music from Amazon mp3. Having my media at home as well as stored in the cloud is great.
My sister just had a house fire, lost just about everything. But as soon as she bought a replacement kindle, she had every single book back. No lists, no insurance, no hassles, just everything back all quick and easy.
It's not all bad.
I only buy physical books now when the price is far cheaper than the ebook. Nothing to store, doesn't take space.
No, it isn't all bad. It has it's place.
But it might not necessarily take over. Some people still understand the true value and concept of ownership. Long may it continue.