|I Love Microsoft|
I am not an programmer or developer so I have never really embraced Unix/Linux or other OS. I have been an Windows IT Consultant for quite some years and I Love Microsoft. I know that Unix/Linux/MAC/ and all others have their specialized needs in the workforce, but I never felt the need to step outside the Microsoft world, on the server side or desktop side.
Since, Vista is scheduled for release I have been hearing many ask "is Microsoft doomed"! I think Microsoft is a business like any other business, therefore it will have an rocky road (here and there), then eventually things will steady out or economize (handle business). I can't imagine Microsoft being a sinking ship! Microsoft is a survivor and will change if the industry ever changes. If the world began primarily using an Linux based system, then I think it is fair to assume that Microsoft probably has an secret weapon (Windows Linux based OS) in the cut, ready to shock the world and take over as a Linux OS! Of course, this would not be revealed unless the world shifted overnight from Windows to Linux, but I doubt this would ever happen because I am confident there are many more people that Love Microsoft than Linux.
I never had any serious issues with viruses, stability, security, crashes, or other most disputed issues (and I have used Microsoft as an advanced user (sys admin) for over 10+ years). Not to say I never had any problems such as: compatibility, configuration, errors, etc. but I haven't had anything that would make me say "I am switching to Linux". Honestly, have you?
I can't take any cheap shots at Linux, because as being an sys admin I must sometimes work with *nix systems and I'm actually activy with the open source community, but I don't think Microsoft is doomed! Do you?
Most people who complain about Microsoft is using pirated software! Get a purchased copy from the manufacturer then complain. The same people who get a bootleg DVD then complain about its quality!
Microsoft may not be doomed, but they are vulnerable to attack right now.
For instance, if Google were to adopt MS business tactics, they would release a Google flavor of Linux and distribute it free on magazine coverdisks, etc. They could also offer it free to companies like Dell, etc. so that they could offer reduced-price PCs running "Googlix" (or maybe, Google would be really cheeky and call it "Doors").
As always stated Microsoft is only under attack because it has the majority of the market share. If another OS takes the lead then you could bet that the same attacks and vulnerabilities would become evident on that OS.
I think with the ability for Apple computers to now run most Windows applications through boot camp, the PC will have a tougher time to fight against Apple. I do not know what Dell, IBM, HP, etc will now do; unless they start to also offer an Apple flavored PC. I like Linux, really I do, but it has just to many incompatibiltiy issues for Windows programs. Yea, you can use WINE or another Windows emulator, but it is just too much to do with every setup and program. WINE is not the easiest to configure either. I tried WIN4LIN, and it is OK, but Windows moves very slow. With the ability of Apple computers (Macbook & Mac Pro) to run Windows programs, a lot of people will now start to migrate over to Apple. Their 2% marketshare will soon be much higher within the year. I see the writing on the wall. Chmn Gates should have bought Apple (and Google) when he had the chance.
The 3 reasons MS gets all the flack are..
..ActiveX..( insecure by design )
made worse by ..
..code bloat..( and obfuscation and secrecy in the code ..thus preventing others from plugging the holes effectively ) ..
and combined with
..a browser series which ( including the latest offering ) tries to force the entire world to code webpages "it's way" ..and that inspite of being on the body known as ..WC3 ..
|International industry consortium founded in 1994 whose purpose is to develop specifications, guidelines, software, and tools to promote the Internet's ... |
MS has never been able to get it's corporate head around the idea that said "specifications" meant in agreement with the others in WC3..
As to the rest of it's business practices ..they are pretty much the way any big business or state enterprise operates ..anywhere in the world ..whenever it can get away with it ..
'Specially where I'm typing from ..:((
Bottom line. Windows is a user friendly end-user operating system. It works and its simple.
Linux is a nightmare. Fine for a server where it's never touched, but as a desktop client? I don't think so.
No, Microsoft is not doomed. They are successful for a good reason. They give the ordinary public what they want.
> be really cheeky and call it "Doors"
Lil' gems like the above morning chuckle aren't what brought me to this venue, but they are indeed one of many good reasons to stick around.
Thanks to Kaled, it seems a wee bit less like Monday.:)
As for being doomed, I'm don't see MS top dawgs in soup kitchens anytime soon .. funding a few, sure, but standing in line ... nah. Love 'em, hate 'em, ignore them, they do have their followers, and many of them are far removed from little blind sheeple.
Shopping at Costco yesterday, I saw that Google offers a "Web Designer for Beginners" type of software.
Just glancing at the box, it appears that a novice can buy the software, obtain a domain name, put together a website and get on the net.
I wonder where Google is going with that?