I have been involved in the technology sector for a number of years. Unlike Al Gore, I did in fact help to roll out the internet at all levels of the technology spectrum. I’ve also been involved with desktop computing for too many years to count. Remember cd..? Remember peek and poke? Been there and done that. If they had try outs for Tron, I’d take it hands down. Having sufficiently blown my own horn, I’ll get to my point.
The iPhone and iPad phenomenon pales in spectacle when compared to IBM and its open architecture for the desktop PC; by factors of 10. Despite its revolutionary potential, the PC’s limiting factor was MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System), which shipped with all PCs. People didn’t take to c:\chkdsk /f/v, so, in 1983, when Microsoft came along with Windows GUI (Graphic User Interface), it was just what the industry needed to light a fire under desktop computing’s okole. And, did it ever!
Windows progressed through Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, NT 3.x, Windows 95, NT 4.0, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, … Windows 7 and now Windows 8. Each rendition, starting with Windows 95 required more memory, faster CPUs and more disk space to create unmanageable swap files.
Certainly, the infamous “Blue Screen of Death” is ever present; handed down to every Windows generation; however, you cannot buy a desktop computer or laptop that does not force you into a Windows environment. This is how monopolies work.
Sadly, and I honestly don’t know the reason why, the once nimble and innovative Redmond, WA giant has been unable to produce an efficient, reliable and secure operating system, and its next generation operating system, Windows 8, seems destined for the trash heap before it even gets started. It’s a state of affair that’s been noticed by Intel and others, and likely one of several reasons for Intel’s lower sales figures. In addition to its numerous architectural problems, Windows 8 will require pricier hardware if you expect to do anything with it.
Until you hear otherwise, if you are on Windows 7, stay on it. If you must move to Windows 8 make sure that you have a compelling reason to do so. If you’re in the market for a new laptop or desktop computer buy a Mac and live happily ever-after.