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Microsoft Windows 7 vs Google ChromeOS and the Future of the Computer as We Know It.

To show I’m not all about SCAMS and RANTS, I’d like to offer my 2 cents on an article about Operating Systems.

WARNING! This article might be a little too “techie” for some people. If you don’t understand it, no big deal. I felt like pontificating a little so I responded in thorough fashion as is my wont.

If you’ve been around computers for much time at all, you begin to realize that there are certain writers in the tech journals who are totally IN LOVE with Microsoft. I am not one of them.

I think software should fulfill some purpose for the consumer and end user, beyond lining the coffers of Bill Gates. (Bill’s an EXPERT marketer and monopolist, but his software leaves something [much] to be desired. )

I found this (unfortunately old) commentary about the (at that time) newly released Windows 7 which was quickly replacing the clunky and much disliked Windows Vista.

In addition to the subject matter at hand, the author expounds on his beliefs of Microsoft domination over Google’s upcoming ChromeOS in 2012.

(Disclosure: I am presently writing this using Google’s Chrome browser on Windows XP.)

If you want to read my full comment on the Vista vs 7 debate, you can go there and read it, but I want to expound just a little on the very end with the author and I prognosticating on the future of the PC.

Well, from a technical perspective at least, Windows 7 has shown that Microsoft produces some quality software. Windows 8 is expected to hit the campaign train sometime in 2012 and, if it’s only as good as Windows 7, Google may well find that their Chrome OS will need pull out all the stops to make any serious headway against MS. (emphasis added – TNF)

To which I responded:

Another interesting correlation is the decade long gaps between SIGNIFICANT OSes. Win 3.1 (1992) was the first popular windowing OS thus relegating the command-line to permanent “behind the scenes” status. Win XP (2001) fulfilled all the promises that Microsoft had been promising since Win95 but had never truly been able to fulfill. Win 98 was closer & SR2 was almost usable, but it wasn’t until XP that it became “child’s play”. We now have 64-bit OSes on the market and Vista and Win 7 are trying to grow up in this new world, but there isn’t a significant improvement in the technology or interface yet.

Thus Chrome has the opportunity to make the “game changer” OS that Microsoft refuses to acknowledge like it did w the Mac System 7 back in 1991 (interface change) and even more significantly with OS X in 2001: (Unix OS w Mac OE). As an avid netbook user (Right Now!) Chrome OS like smartphones w iPhone and Android realize that the OS is less important than the applications that you use. Thus both Mac and Google are using the strongest and most powerful OS on the planet (Unix) while using their skills at developing a better user experience (OE). Microsoft seems bent of ruining themselves by trying all the more firmly to entrench the OS with the OE. Microsoft sold us on the eXPerience of their environment 🙂 , but we’re becoming less enamored with the OS the environment depends on 😦 .

If I could expound on that a little, I’d like to start by clarifying where I think the OS is eventually going to end up.

As I indicated, I think the next significant OS change will be a full “interface change” more drastic than Win 3.1 -> Win95. Microsoft altered Win95 in response to Mac System 7’s interface change. (Thanks, Steve Jobs!) Well, Jobs did it again in 2001 with OS X. Guess what?

Jobs is right there on the cutting edge with the iPhone / iPad.

Where’s the OS? It’s there but not really.

Instead of an ubiquitous “Start” button or “Apple Key”, the iPhone / iPad removes all signs of the OS completely out of the interface leaving only the user and his applications.

Google has done the same thing with Android and is close to doing the same thing with ChromeOS.

What’s Microsoft doing: same old worn out interface.

  • Windows CE? FAILED.
  • Windows Phone? Failing.

Notice that the more Apple gets Apple out of the iPhone the more $$$$ Apple makes through their AppStore. Microsoft is still trying to make $ by keeping their name in front of everyone, but no one cares anymore.

Desktop computer sales have fallen drastically. Microsoft is entrenched in desktops with businesses, and that may be where they’ll die. They’ve become inflexible to the changes in the marketplace.

Laptop / notebook computers now sell more strongly than desktops. (I have 3 computers: 1 laptop  & 2 netbooks.)

iPad and other tablet computers are the next trend down from laptops for a usable computer with sufficient screen size, storage, and power for general use.

Smart phones like Android and iPhone are showing us the early sign of the next trend after tablets. The trend is toward smaller and more ubiquitous devices, but these currently have limited use because of their small size.

Once the technology is developed for rollable or foldable displays, it won’t be long before an iPhone or smaller will unfold into the size of an iPad or even larger.

Oddly enough, this means that we’ll come full circle.

A long time ago, before there were books made of sheets of paper and bound in leather or wood, there were scrolls, rolled up sheets of paper or leather. Everything was written on the scrolls.

Once the technology reaches the next point, the world of information will be once more on a scroll: a flexible, electro-polymer, touch sensitive, thin film 3D display and whatever else they want to add onto it, but a SCROLL none the less.

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