Everyone hates it, but everyone is forced to use it in some way since the web is still Microsoft designed. I really wish it could be crushed once and for all.
Works fine for me, and the accompanying software which is quite productive.
If you don't like it, use any of the non windows alternatives out there to access the internet, or whatever you do. You're not forced to use anything, no need to be angry. it's all pretty simple.
All I'm saying is an end to their complete dominance.
Nope. Apple's system is too controlled and the one thing it lacks is easy networking.
Linux had a good shot, but lost its way. It's now divided into so many flavours, that updating it is difficult. Ubuntu, is now a bloated mess. Though there are a lot of other kinds of Linux.
Doubtful. Although I think they're losing part of the market because of the constant upgrade cycles.
From XP through 7 it looked ok, but Windows 8 is a radical departure.
And a lot of the business world still runs XP.
No, but there will be much more competition as consumers and business move away from desktops and laptops towards touch-screen tablet computers.
I have a macbook and a windows machine. Love the windows, hate the mac
I've had Mac shit for ten years now, and whenever I go home to my mom's house I can't figure out how to make Windows even work, it all seems completely bizarre and counter-intuitive to me.
I used Macs until I wanted voice activated software around 2000. The Mac program, Via Voice, was an embarrassment compared to Naturally Speaking. Plus the computer itself, one of those "rainbow" single-box macs, offgassed such strong heated plastic fumes (IIRC, it was from not having a fan), I would feel like passing out after an hour.
So I bought a Dell that used Windows ME, and two Windows computers after that, I can say I don't see what the big difference is or was between the two.
Of course it will go extinct. Right after robots killing the human race for crippling them with that damn crappy system.
Im posting from Windows XP right now, on an old desktop. As long as Windows XP continues to be fully operational way, way beyond the years anyone thought it would, then Windows will never die.
I have always liked Windows. I was never sufficiently motivated to learn any of the computer languages, so the Window's shell made using a computer practical. I have a Mac presently, but I'm not very happy with OSX, it still seems rather crude compared to Windows, the Mac just requires several more clicks to do the same as Microsoft. Net, net, there isn't so much difference between the two, but there's a lot more freedom and efficiency with Windows than with OSX. I only switched to Mac because the virus writers targeted Windows and rarely bothered with us fuddy duddy Mac people.
Love Windows and hate Mac
See, they rhyme.
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It'll be marginalized within a few years as Google's web OS dominates. MS is a follower, not an innovator - the General Motors of computer software.
Do you use Chrome as your browser, R15?
Yes -- I give it 15 years at most.
Agree with r17
MicroSoft will go the way of IBM. A shell of its former self
MSFT is screwed when PCs become obsolete. Windows is their only money making software.
People will always want to be able to see the outdoors.
I've never really needed a COMPUTER. All I've ever needed was a hookup to email and the web. I've never computed anything in my life; adding machine, maybe, but I don't even use spread sheets.
When I think of the money I've spent on computers, I laugh at myself. my nitelight has worked harder than any computer I've owned. Windows, OSX and Linux, these are of no concern to me.
Me too r21.
I'm getting a Chromebook to replace my notebook at only $249.
I think this is the wave of the future for many users.
It's shame Web-TV went away. Perfect for R21 & 22.
Those things look cute, but I have a hard time even using a laptop. It hurts physically to use one of those tiny keyboards.
The future is the Cloud concept where companies like Microsoft provide the software and you have only access to it online with no software in your pretty much empty shell of a computer with barely any hardware in it.
No more illegal file sharing, full control over the content users have access to, mandatory updates, strict regional code blocking, all kinds of fees to gain access to content that was available for free before, etc.
It may not be called Windows, but Microsoft and Google are far from going under.
Windows as we use it now may go extinct, that is on a PC. Same will likely happen with Apple OS on PCs. PCs are not the hardware of the future for home use.
Just because PCs are on the decline though doesn't mean MS is going anywhere. They are primarily a software company, as such Windows 8 has been optimized for tablets devices not the PC.
My partner bought the tablet made by MicroSoft (surface). God, it was awful. Nothing worked properly. After one week, e returned it.
An unsubstantiated comment like R27, while not only having nothing to do with the topic, is also just useless and has no value. It's like a 7 year old saying I don't like it because it's stupid!
I have a Surface and it works just fine. I had to learn a few things but otherwise no issues.
So what things didn't work properly?
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