Will Windows Die If It Can’t Change?

Will Windows Die If It Can’t Change?

The end may be near for Windows as we know it, according to research firm Gartner:

"Because Microsoft Windows is so large and complex, covering 20 years of legacy code, it can no longer adequately respond to market forces, and Windows needs to be securely redesigned, said Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald. They delivered the news at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2008 in Las Vegas this week."

We’re not entirely sure that this is the case just yet, but we could certainly see the argument for this happening eventually.  So the question then would be, what will have to happen?

Will MS eventually write a whole new version of Windows and include some legacy support via emulation, much the same way OS X initially supported legacy apps?  Would a completely fresh start work better, one with no backwards compatibility?

These are all interesting questions, and virtually impossible to answer with any certainty.
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I haven't heard this yet -- quite a noodle scratcher yes? Either way because of all the users that are brought up around PCs you can guarantee there would be a huge outcry from PC users everywhere should something of the aforementioned should occur -- ESPECIALLY the lack of legacy support (although emulation would be somewhat tolerable)

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maybe in the future they can make two ms that one that that basic around legacy and one the take a new directions. never know change can be good

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Windows 7 is supposed to do away with the legacy code by implementing a VM for backwards compatibility.

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i think a whole new design from ground up would do good, even though the kernel is supposedly nice.

look what it did for intel for goodnessake.

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mazuki:
whole new design from ground up would do good
 

Vista was pretty much just this -- I do not think it did "much good" 

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Mac has been using OSX for some time now and they will continue for long time too.  So there are advantages to using the same kernal/architecture.  I'm for new designs every decade or so, but if Vista is the answer I'm afraid I don't like what MS is trying to do.  Hopefully Windows 7 is a fresh, good start.

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