By the end of this year, there will be 7 somewhat incompatible versions of
Windows. In addition to the current four x86 vendors there will many more, among
While new hardware
ages computers before they are sold, M$'s bloatware obsoletes them within
a year. To compensate, consumers are turning to cheap
But this trend driven by Microsoft's feature-adding strategy, risks back-firing.
As component cost is driven
, and specialised
vendors disappear, more application specific devices will emerge. Just like
will be geared towards providing the maximum bang for the buck in a specific
environment. This will slowly push the single-OS-for-all paradigm to the side.
Indeed, as hardware cost goes down, the direct and indirect price of using
Microsoft increases: Windows/Office costs money, it also costs a very powerful
environment: memory, harddrive, etc. And if computers are application specific,
the choice of an OS becomes
and each new feature is clearly costed.