Gartner: Microsoft’s Windows collapsing under its own weight

“Microsoft’s Windows juggernaut is collapsing as it tries to support 20 years of applications and becomes more complicated by the minute. Meanwhile, Windows has outgrown hardware and customers are pondering skipping Vista to wait for Windows 7. If Windows is going to remain relevant it will need radical changes,” Larry Dignan blogs for ZDNet.

“That sobering outlook comes courtesy of Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald. Half of a full room of IT managers and executives raised their hands when asked whether Microsoft needed to radically change its approach to Windows,” Dignan reports.

“So what does Microsoft need to do? For starters, Windows should create versions for specific uses. These modules would be able to swapped out depending on the customer,” Dignan reports.

A few key redesign ideas from Silver and MacDonald:
• Windows should be able to be tailored to specific applications
• Better security
• Make migration to new versions easier
• Simplify licensing to focus on specific devices

Dignan reports, “The bottom line for Gartner is that Windows needs to be replaced, lock-in needs to end and product schedules need to be more predictable. Windows should also be more manageable.”

“Will Windows 7 become this adaptive thing that Gartner describes? Probably not. Gartner argues that Microsoft should use virtualization to solve the backward compatibility issue plaguing Windows,” Dignan writes. “Will Windows 7 jettison its current kernel for multiple versions? Not likely.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

80 Comments

  1. Are they suggesting versions that can work with each other or that can’t work with each other? How many? How specific? In Microsoft’s hands this idea could go very very wrong.

    Apple has two versions of OS X on the market: Mac OS X and iPhone OS X. They seem to play together nicely.

  2. “Should create versions for specific users?” Doesn’t that sound a little suspiciously like the “Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Enterprise/Ultimate/Ad-Free/S&M;Edition” fiasco?

    Also, how is this outlook “sobering” at all?
    The “key redesign ideas” look exactly like what EVERYONE has been saying about Vista for months, if not XP for years.

  3. Notice the request for different versions of Windows comes from IT Managers. This just goes to show that today’s IT Managers are nothing but “I know Windows therefore I know everything about computers” people. They’re as useless in today’s and tomorrow’s technology world as the Atari 2600 is for serious, future gaming.

  4. “So what does Microsoft need to do? For starters, Windows should create versions for specific uses. These modules would be able to swapped out depending on the customer,” Dignan reports.

    Yeah Balmer, ask Heinz how to do it.

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