Sylver - 11:01 am on Sep 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
Vista was a severe critical-strike to Windows, 7 was the finishing blow, and if the rumors about 8 uploading your files from your PC to the cloud and then erasing them from your hard drive are true then it's the biggest possible insult to PC users ever and Microsoft's nail in fragmenting their OS market share.
Windows 7 is the best-selling OS ever and is also pretty darn good. According to netmarketshare, within less than a year, Windows 7 gained 15% of the market share. Ms OSes lost 1pp in market share overall down to 91.34% over the last year. Mac lost 0.27% and Linux lost 0.11%. The gainer was mostly iOS, which grew its market share from 0.44% all the way up to 1.13%. In other words, Ms hasn't lost any market share worth mentioning on desktop PCs.
You might want to re-assess your choice of adjectives. If you start talking about "critical strikes" for this kind of performance, you are gonna run out of vocabulary if they ever lose a couple percents.
As for the rumors regarding Windows 8, it sounds like bull, it smells like bull and based on the accuracy of the rest of your post...