Technologizer asked some of the industry’s big brains about what
Microsoft needs to do to keep its operating system relevant in the
years to come. Their advice ranges from merely simplifying the
interface to borrowing ideas from other Microsoft products such as
the Xbox to giving the OS a complete reboot. Here’s what they
(and we) have to say.
Some interesting (and widely varying) answers. I like Scott Rosenberg’s take best:
Microsoft ought to build a new, modern, stripped-down OS and
support the legacy stuff in a virtual machine. Call the new
environment WIN instead of WINDOWS, suggesting a new stripped-down
nimbleness. Make it clear that the old world will be supported for
a long time but not forever. Dazzle people with what they can do
in a new world.
Or just maintain Windows in parallel. Point is, there’s no reason why Microsoft should have one and only one PC desktop operating system. Why not two: the new cool no-cruft one; and Windows, the established, familiar, chock-full-of-baggage-and-legacy-compatibility one.
★ Tuesday, 9 March 2010