More lives than your average
Perhaps we should rename in Frankendows – the Windows they could not kill?
At this rate it will outlast Vista, its now going to be available for small cheap lappers and desktops till 2010 (XP that is not Vista!)
I find this whole thing fascinating. On the one hand MS have been yapping on for years about software as a service. They rebuilt their whole dev tool stack for the web world and prepared for browser based access to ‘the cloud’ (real name ‘the fog’ c JP).
On the other hand they have continued to increase the client hardware requirements to run their basic OS.
Its like they have 2 opposing factions the world-finally-going-thin-client gang and the eye-candy-squander-resources-gang (very very likely related to the effluent ui team ;-)).
I think the thin client gang are heading for major bragging rights, what do you think?
Mind you if the thin client folks have been predicting this since the 90′s (they have, if not earlier), you can understand some people losing patience. It’s like all those pundits forecasting a housing crash (/’price correction’) – they’re all saying ‘I told you so’ this last couple of months, but the reality is they have been whining on for the best part of 10 years, and have been consistently wrong until the last few months.