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skade88 writes: Forbes has an interesting article predicting the end of days for Microsoft. Do you think it is compelling?

" The departure of Steve Sinofsky so soon after the launch of Windows 8 was not a vote of confidence by the maker of the world’s largest operating system. But is it a sign of Microsoft‘s imminent collapse?

Last week, usability expert Jakob Nielsen wrote a devastating critique of Windows 8 on his Alertbox blog. He writes, “One of the worst aspects of Windows 8 for power users is that the product’s very name has become a misnomer. ‘Windows’ no longer supports multiple windows on the screen. When users can’t view several windows simultaneously, they must keep information from one window in short-term memory while they activate another window. This is problematic for two reasons. First, human short-term memory is notoriously weak, and second, the very task of having to manipulate a window—instead of simply glancing at one that’s already open—further taxes the user’s cognitive resources.”"

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Is Microsoft On The Verge Of A Sudden Collapse Predicted By Catastrophe Theory?

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  • I guess it is time for the weekly Microsoft is dying article that we have had since 2000.

    Too bad it always ignores that Microsoft is still a fabulously successful company no matter what the groupthink here says.... major cash flow = doing just fine.

    • Linux is still to nerdy to take over Windows.
      I have been using 99.9% Linux since 2002, but still, my preference of OS isn't the same for my non-nerd relatives/friends.
      It has come a long way.
      But certainly, Windows 8 will provide Linux and MACs with a market share boost. I'd be happy with desktop Linux having 15% of the market (a self sustaining point, where major software vendors that support MACs would have to support Linux also).
      Windows 8 will be like XP->Vista, it will keep a very substantial share of

    • Ultimately speaking Windows 8 being received poorly right now will do little damage to Microsoft. They've had their flops with different versions of Windows before and recovered. The market dynamics may have changed since then but they still have very many solid products in the market. And, their broad adoption by companies, government entities, and average users guarantees that any death would be a slow one.
    • As much as I'd like MS to die, selling crap is not a sufficient reason for a company to tank in this wicked post-capitalistic world. If anything, betting on the evil ones seems safer.

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) *

      MS does seem to have a certain resilience... Windows 95, ME, Vista, the XBOX RROD problems and the countless other failed products along the way. They even inflicted Clippy on people and they kept coming back for more.

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