To use a non-circular argument, as regular people stop using MS platforms, the MS "infrastructure" in place to support MS platforms becomes less relevant and therefore less used.
There isn't anything "top grade" about those. MS really doesn't offer anything that doesn't exist strictly for the support of themselves (circular). Not a single one of their products can't be replaced by superior alternatives. People use those for the same reason why teenage girls and the people who sit at starbukks buy apple; because that is what they know as "cool" as a result of it being pushed on them by aggressive and deceptive marketing.are more than enough to keep Windows alive as both a client and server operating system for another two decades at the very least. And those are only 3 of many other top-grade Windows-only software that Microsoft has published for Windows.
The move towards super-mobile computing (and away from MS) automatically makes rational people AVOID the example products you suggest since they are basically incompatible and/or useless.
And most people who play games... buy a console. Your typical home desktop computer is used for web browsing, looking at pictures, email/communications, and maybe word processing. In fact, most home users are FAR happier with Linux than MS for this simple reason; reliability. Most users still use MS simply because they don't even realize that there are alternatives! They tend to be aware of apple, but at a price premium of a factor of 5, there are only a few who are pissed off enough to bother, and when they do, a lot of them find it so impossible to use that they quickly jump back -- apple's goofy UI and poor organization is the big reason why they are stuck at or below 10%. EVERY person who I've suggested Linux to... loves it. Why? Because it **just works**. No futzing with drivers for 3 days, no 15 layers of non-functional anti-virus to protect it, no massive performance problems due to 15 layers of anti-virus protection, no catching a virus 3 weeks later despite all the anti-virus and having to wipe and reload.
In fact, I don't mind if MS doesn't die, I just want their [P]OS to die. If they move strictly into competing against other "application" software developers, I would be very happy, because there will at least be competition and freedom of choice.
They got a jump on ALL the current big players in the mobile market. You actually could legitimately say that compared to everybody STILL IN BUSINESS, they WERE first.
They beat GOOGLE out of the gate by MORE THAN A DECADE!!!!
In fact, of the three most noteworthy platforms, Google stepped in to the market LAST, yet stands VASTLY ahead of everyone else.
Actually, fewer and fewer people are choosing apple. Apple peaked in 2007, falling ever since. What are they now, falling towards 10%-ish?Furthermore, if people are locked in to the Windows monopoly. Why do I see more and more people chosing Apple? My parents are considering it as well.
Actually, no, people certainly do care. They want to actually be able to reliably have the damned thing actually do the job they need it for, not randomly blue screen and delete all their data. MS is a very unreliable platform and that pisses people off. They therefore try ANY alternative that they KNOW ABOUT in order to avoid what they HATE.Conclusion, people don't care. If a relative is able to send and receive e-mails with you, who cares what OS generated it? If you can do your banking online, who cares what OS drives the browser? Microsoft is giving people what they want. An easy way to use a computer. I dare to say that I will never touch a computer if my dad successfully completes a git bisect session.
This is not the dark ages. The typical user who is saddled with wondoze for 5+ years definitely KNOWS how to reinstall their OS, or knows someone who will do so for them at fairly regular intervals. All it takes is a simple suggestion; next time you need a reinstall, try XX linux distro. Just pop in the disk, boot and follow the directions. When its done, you can click on stuff with your mouse and never even touch a terminal.And as for the viruses and hackers that steal people's money, the user get's the blame. That is just brilliant. People don't know how it works, but they still want it. So *any* negative outcome is blamed on them. You did not install proper anti virus! You did not install a good firewall! You don't update often enough! You click on links without thinking! No one ever mentioned that once we got our first PC + dial up...
And then comes the geek: You should do it competely differently! Install another OS! Learn to use a terminal! (To do what? The end-user might think)
I would turn nuts...
Its only the tweaker/geek that NEEDS the terminal. Your typical home user who doesn't have 5 degrees in comp sci. can get by BETTER in Linux than in wondoze and never open a terminal.
And don't forget all the small Windows apps you might occasionally need which don't work under wine.
Altough things are progressing, people want their stuff to work NOW! A promise that LibreOffice 5 (or even 4) will flawlessly open their .docx will not help them. And explaining them the difference between an regular mass storage USB and something which uses MTP, I'm not even starting on that one... hehe.
Response to post #27: They are considering a Mac, since relatives and friends recommended it. They wanted to stay with Microsoft, however I said that they don't since they don't rely on a Windows specific piece of software. They would not even consider buying a Mac if I did not mention that. Windows 'just worked' for them. We had some issue's with it, but you could consider it like buying a qualitative bad car that needs a lot of maintanence.
Last edited by Rexilion; 01-07-2013 at 10:16 AM. Reason: Response to post #27
One more thing to add is that folks migrating away are developing a feedback loop.
As customers leave in numbers, Microsoft is forced to raise prices in order to maintain their quarterly profit numbers. http://semiaccurate.com/2012/12/03/s...ces-radically/
This in turn means that more customers are leaving which makes Microsoft squeeze the remaining ones even harder. Except for the poor souls who cannot go anywhere else, everybody who is not totally blind already have or are busy developing plans for a migration away from Microsoft.
Boy, you are all missing the boat entirely: Desktops and laptops are dead; Long live Tablets and Smartphones.
Point being, business is moving to virtualize everything. That .exe file? Its going to kick of a VM thats basically a reduced version of windows specifically optimized for that one app. Same for other OS's. Everything is going to be a virtual instance of an OS.
Point being: Every OS is going to be more or less obsolete within a decade as far as the end user is concerned. The real battle will be between the best VM, not the best OS.