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 Dec 01, 2008 - 11:11 AM - by Michael
* Vista Aftermath

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CW UK has an interesting blog piece saying that Microsoft screwed up with Vista because the "we don't want it" backlash has been strong enough in the corporate world that people are realizing they didn't actually need a forced "new version upgrade" of Windows.

What's really important about this is not so much that Vista is manifestly such a dog, but that the myth of upgrade inevitability has been destroyed. Companies have realised that they do have a choice ? that they can simply say ?no?. From there, it's but a small step to realising that they can also walk away from Windows completely, provided the alternatives offer sufficient data compatibility to make that move realistic.

That may not have been the case before, but the similar poor uptake of Microsoft's OOXML, taken together with the generally good compatibility of OpenOffice.org with the original Microsoft Office file formats, implies that we may well be near the tipping point for migrations to free software on the desktop.
I'm not sure that the "free software yay" portion of the blog post is that right (my own experiences with Linux and MythTV being less than stellar) but he has a point; MS can no longer count on legions of people going "ooh shiny" and buying the new OS just because it's new.
 

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