The Rise and Fall of the Microsoft Empire
DISCLAMER: I mean no offense to Microsoft or it’s users, this is simply my opinion. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. Or better yet, tell me why you disagree. But be civil, please. I’d rather not start a flame war, but I’d love to hear what your opinion is. Keep in mind that I am a Macintosh user. I use the Macintosh because I like it, it fits my needs and works well for my purposes. Many of you are Windows users, and I assume some of you use Windows because you like it, or because it fits your needs (that means you, Nick). I don’t mean any offense to any of you.
Microsoft is dying. Not literally, of course, but figuratively. Its golden age is over, and the computing giant is on a decline. It’s not going to go belly-up today, or tomorrow, in fact, probably not for several years. But Microsoft, in my opinion, is going steadily downhill. Why? Let’s examine the facts. Windows, even the most recent Windows Vista, at its core is DOS. DOS is an operating system which was originally created before 1980, and has hardly been updated since then (DOS, or as it was first called, QDOS originally stood for ‘Quick and Dirty Operating System’, but when it was bought by Microsoft, the name was changed to ‘Disk Operating System’). In fact, Windows was first made as a simple graphical shell for DOS. You might argue that the recent Mac operating systems, which are based off of a Unix kernel. Unix is an operating system which first was written in the ’70s and ’80s. However, the Darwin kernel that OS X uses is based off FreeBSD, a freeware operating system which has been constantly evolving. One of Microsoft’s major downfalls is that most software is still being written for that 1995 chassis, which is hopelessly outdated, and preventing the company from evolving.
Another one of Microsoft’s major downfalls is the popularity (or non-popularity, as the case may be) of it’s latest operating system, Windows Vista. The operating system that Microsoft took 5 years to develop is, quite frankly, a flop. Many major businesses and organizations have switched back to Windows XP, or (as I would recommend) to Mac OS X. I’m sure you heard about how the Olympic Committee plans to use XP instead of Vista for the next Olympic Games. Also, the bloggers, who seem to control the industry, are ranting about the failure of the buggy OS. Even many hardcore Windows fanboys (and fangirls) have rejected the new Microsoft OS. As tech blogger/vlogger Chris Pirillo says, “Maybe they’ll fix it by Service Pack Two, but maybe I really won’t care. By then I’ll be on the Mac.”
Also, the products of Apple Inc, Microsoft’s main competitor, have been steadily increasing in popularity. The main reason many people don’t use Apple’s operating system, Mac OS X, is because less software is compatible with it. However, as more and more people switch to the Mac, more software companies will write applications for the Macintosh. This is already in effect. In addition, with the release of Macintosh computers with Intel microprocessors. it is now possible to dual-boot OS X and Windows on a Macintosh computer, as well as use virtualization or emulation software that allows Windows applications to run natively in the Mac operating system. VMware, a major virtualization software company, has announced that it is currently beta testing the next version of VMware Fusion, which will allow you to run DirectX 9 applications on the Macintosh, a major boost for Mac gaming.
All in all, it is my opinion that Microsoft is steadily declining. However, if you agree with me, or if you don’t, I’d love it if you leave your opinion in the comment box below.
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