“Microsoft said last week it plans to hire 4,000 to 5,000 new workers and to increase research spending by about 8 percent, to $6.9bn per year. The company also said it has $49bn lying around collecting interest. So what should Bill and Steve do with these wondrous resources? My suggestion: Start over,” writes ZDNet’s David Coursey.
Coursey continues, “Yes, I think they should build a new operating system, as much from scratch as necessary, to solve Windows’s most intractable problem: it’s not all that easy to use and really isn’t getting any easier. It’s also bloated with features and controls that most people never need, further weakening its ease of use. In short, we need a new Microsoft OS that’s actually easy to use, runs easy-to-use applications, and adapts itself to each user’s specific digital environment — the other computers, phones, music devices, video gear, still cameras, etc., with which most of us surround our PCs.”
“This new MS OS should be designed to easily share information, especially media content, with other computers as well as other storage devices (TiVo DVRs, for example) and presentation devices like video monitors and speaker systems,” Coursey writes. “Whoops, this is beginning to sound like Mac OS X again. The goal for this operating system would be as much perceptual as technical. The OS should be as well loved by its core users as Mac OS is loved by that community.”
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