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posted by M Burland @ 1:41 pm
The Windows at microsoft have a vista that looks out over Apple and Mozilla from whome they pinch ideas. So far I've seen nothing new in Vista. Add to that the lead time until it comes out. Too little too late seems to come to mind.
Too little too late...for what? This is the problem: whatever MS release, it is still the absolutely dominant OS. What would it take for a mass change?MacOSXV? A free GoogleOS?
What would it take for the mass to change . . . hmm . . . a tipping point would have to be reached then change would happen almost overnight. Let me explain.New York City went from being the most violent city in America to being the safest in less than 10 years. This was not because of the influence of any one thing or person, rather it was the combination of about 4 or 5 events.Right now the OS war is nearing a tipping point of it's own. For many of the 'mass' users the reason they still buy a PC with Windows is because they have PC programs which they want to run, they know of no better alternative, the guy a PC World sold them one, or they believe that the Apple kit is too expensive.2 of these reasons are ludicrous — people working at PC World are (mostly) ignorant and thanks to the iPod most people now know who Apple are and what their other little sideline of products is.The other two are much harder to address, but starting next year Apple will be shipping Mac minis, iBooks, Powerbooks and iMacs that will able to run Vista and XP natively. This, I believe, will push the OS War beyond the tipping point causing a mass exodus from XP/Vista to MacOS. Once it starts tipping it will gain in momentum to the point where there will be millions of new Mac users each year.
If you saw what I saw on EVERY Pc in Votuporanga you'd wonder why anyone continues on with Microsoft OSes!With the exception of Alvaci's laptop which I had locked down from day one, they were all full of viruses and most importantly spyware! Tons of it!
Your idea regarding a GoogleOS is intriguing . . . I wonder . . . ?Simple, clean, perhaps with a totally new UI metaphor, perhaps even available as a download?
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