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Gartner is really… over-hyped with this article.

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A good read from Paul Thurrott on the recent Gartner analysis, which really is just plain news to draw attention. Anything Microsoft will grab big time attention… whether they are true or not. Sad to say, that’s the state of Microsoft and it’s negative image…

Gartner is wrong. When I made the assertions quoted in the article above, Microsoft had just melded the insecure parts of the Windows 9x platform to underpinnings of the more secure NT platform and created Windows XP. As noted above, a lot of people conveniently forget today that XP’s first year on the market was even more controversial than Vista’s thanks to an unbelievable series of major security exploits. These exploits led directly to Microsoft’s security initiative, the halting in development of Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 (then called Longhorn), and the creation of Windows XP Service Pack 2, a major Windows release that Microsoft gave away to users in an unprecedented mea culpa.

Jump ahead to today and the world has changed. The Windows Vista platform, as an extension of that XP SP2 platform, is far more secure and, more important from an architectural standpoint, far more modular and componentized (read: less monolithic) than its predecessors. In fact, you can see how its becoming even more modular and componentized (and thus less monolithic) over time via technologies like image-based setup and deployment (Vista, 2006), Server Core (Windows Server 2008, 2008), and MinWin (expected Windows 7, 2010). So Windows is actually evolving over time from an architectural standpoint. And it is doing so by sacrificing backwards compatibility as little as possible. (Though, oddly, everyone is complaining about how poor a job Vista does in this regard.)

I’d also like to point out that every single one of the problems Gartner has with Windows is true of other desktop operating systems as well. Yes, Apple is more aggressive about killing off older technologies (read: Classic) but then that has also come back to bite them (read: Adobe can’t make a 64-bit version of Photoshop on OS X for this very reason). One might argue–I will–that Microsoft’s approach makes more sense for users and is more appropriate for a company that, incidentally, does have a user base that’s over 1 billion users strong. It’s easy to be aggressive when your audience is just a tiny fraction of that size.

All that said, it should be obvious for those who read this blog and this Web site, and listen to my podcast, that I feel that the future of computing is cloud computing. But again, that’s not a unique problem for Windows, nor is something that’s going to happen overnight. If anything, Microsoft’s “Software + Services” initiative is, to me, the most logical model for moving the legacy computing world to the future. (It’s like the x64 platform, when you think about it: One eye on the future, one eye on the past.) My point is that Microsoft, unlike say Apple, actually gets it when it comes to managing a humongous user base and is actively working to ensure both that its desktop OS makes sense as we move to this future and that its online services business is poised to capitalize on this change as well. I don’t see anyone else doing this, and if anything Microsoft should be applauded for taking care of its users, advancing the Windows architecture in ways that make sense, and embracing a future computing model that, frankly, will one day spell the end of the products to which it owes all of its past successes.

As for Gartner and others of their ilk? Pfft. They’ll collapse under the weight of their own pomposity by 2011. You read it here first.

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April 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm

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