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[News] Gartner Predicts That Vista Will Be Last Release of Windows, Malware Woes

Gartner is (at least) the 5th source which argues this. Even Microsoft has
reluctantly pointed in that direction (see references).

Vista "will be last release of Windows" 

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| Meanwhile, a rumour is going the rounds that Microsoft has started
| a hiring freeze, with many existing Vista developers being told to
| find new jobs within Voledom.
| A more worrying prediction from Gartner is that by the end of 2007,
| 75 per cent of enterprises will be infected with "undetected,
| financially motivated, targeted malware that evaded their
| traditional perimeter and host defences."



As Microsoft looks ahead, will Vista be the end of an era?

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| Once installed in the post, Mr Ozzie wrote an internal company
| memo that mapped out the challenges that face Microsoft. The
| message was clear: get Google, get with the internet and wean
| Microsoft off Windows as we know it.
| "Through Google's focus they?ve gained a tremendously strong
| position," he said. "[Microsoft] must respond quickly and decisively
| . . . It's clear that if we fail to do so, our business as we know
| it is at risk."


Why Vista might be the last of its kind

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| Imagine this. One of the world's most powerful monopolies puts 10,000
| people to work for five years to create one new product. And nobody
| is really sure if anyone wants it. How's that for a gamble?
| That's what we have with Windows Vista, the new computer-operating
| system from Microsoft that debuted last week for businesses and,
| next month, for consumers.


Vista: Microsoft's Last 'Big Bang' Operating System?

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| Yet for all the design missteps, overly ambitious plans, and
| personnel changes that led to a five-year lag between versions
| of Windows, questions about the future of Microsoft's software
| are top of mind for customers and partners. Ballmer swears to
| never let as much time elapse between Windows versions; the
| question now is how the company can keep churning out
| innovative products on a compressed timetable.


Is Vista the End of Windows as We Know It?

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| The five-year long march to developing Windows Vista exposed just how
| broken Microsoft's Windows-development process is. It took far too
| long, major features were dropped along the way, and it was wrapped up
| in more red tape than the IRS. That's why I think that Vista will be the
| last of the "big-bang" Windows releases.


Life After Vista: Can Microsoft Retool for Web?

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| In a similar tug of war in the late 1990s, one internal faction
| lobbied to use Microsoft's Internet browser software to radically
| retool Windows for the Internet. But that faction lost out to a
| more PC-centric view of the Windows mission -- an outcome that some
| Microsoft insiders say is one reason the company fell behind in the
| Internet services Google and others now lead.


Windows Vista the last of its kind

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| Vista will be the last version of Windows that exists in its current,
| monolithic form, according to Gartner.
| Instead, the research firm predicts, Microsoft will be forced to
| migrate Windows to a modular architecture tied together through
| hardware-supported virtualisation. "The current, integrated architecture
| of Microsoft Windows is unsustainable - for enterprises and for
| Microsoft," wrote Gartner analysts Brian Gammage, Michael Silver and
| David Mitchell Smith.


The alternative route seems to have gone nowhere.

Will Berkowitz keep Windows Live?

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| At the risk of moving this article over to the opinion blog, many
| of the problems Berkowitz faces were caused not by too much focus
| on technical wizardry, but by a lack of clear direction, both fo
| MSN and for Windows Live.


Sources: Several Windows Live Projects Halted

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| Microsoft's Windows Live desktop search project has been
| shelved "indefinitely," although not much reasoning has been
| given as to the reason for its demise.


Will Web 2.0 ultimately kill Windows?

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|  Allchin shared his thoughts on Windows Live (which, along with Windows and 
| developer tools also falls under his organization); competition with Google 
| and Apple; and why a client-based version of Windows won?t ever completely 
| disappear, regardless of how successful Web services become.


Mozilla Ships Alpha Release of Firefox 3.0

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| "...Developers hope that it will be a major step toward making Web
| applications indistinguishable from programs that are installed on
| the desktop, Schroepfer said."


Why I hate the new Windows Live Mail

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| Microsoft is currently in Beta on Windows Live Mail. Personally I think
| it is a steaming pile of garbage. The 'new and improved' email is
| nothing more than a fancier interface and more color options.
| [...]
| If you have not upgraded from standard I suggest you DO NOT. This is
| a typical product from Microsoft even though it is in beta. I think
| it should still be in alpha testing personally because at times I cannot
| even access my email which is most annoying when there might be
| time-sensitive documents in it. If you depend on your hotmail account
| for important emails I suggest looking into another option, like Gmail
| or even Yahoo. There are ZERO improvements in this deal and there is
| absolutely no reason to even think about moving to it until they force
| everyone to and even then I would consider just forwarding all the email
| to another account.
| Where is the 'undo' button so I can go back to the old Hotmail?


Software as a Service paradigm remains a huge threat to Microsoft.

Once more (with feeling): What is Windows Live?

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| Live consists of three distinct, yet interrelated, parts, Berkowitz
| said. There?s the Live platform (about which I?ll be blogging more
| later today); the individual Live services (Windows Live Messenger,
| Windows Live Spaces, Windows Live Expo, etc.); and the Live experiences,
| or user interfaces.


Sniffing out Microsoft's 'OS in the Cloud' skunk-works project

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| What do you think, readers? Is such a vision feasible? Do you see
| anything that will stop Ozzie and his cloud cohorts from realizing
| this goal? And do you think Google ? in spite of its claims that it
| has no intentions of creating a GoogleOS ? could beat Microsoft at
| its own game?


Can Google trump Microsoft?

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| Google's "frontal assault" to Microsoft Office is Google Apps
| Enterprise Edition and Google is indeed waging warfare against Microsoft.


November 25 - Microsoft Dies

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| This is the day. The demise of Microsoft. The day of reckoning has
| come at last. Friday 23rd November 2006. Google had seen it's profits
| soar massively. Microsoft on the other hand have had an awful year.
| Low profits, internal scandals, a lowered reputation and a lowered
| customer satisfaction rate have left the company in tatters. 


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| Schmidt's favorite saying is "Don't bet against the Internet." What he
| is really saying, however, is don't bet against Google. 


The above is FUD.

Ozzie: Vista, Office must adapt to Web era

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| Ozzie said that the transition to integrate online services into Microsoft 
| products has been a challenge but that changes within the company are 
| happening.


Desperate Acts (of Microsoft)

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| Microsoft is expected to spend $650 million next year to let the world
| know it has a shiny new search service and Web advertising network.
| That money is more than double the amount Microsoft will spend rolling
| out Vista, the new operating system that will contribute vastly more to
| its revenues.
| Microsoft's two-year catch-up effort in search has yielded only
| middling results. This year it dropped from 11% to 9% of all searches.
| Google handled 61% of the 204 billion searches worldwide in the past1
| 2 months.
| "We're late to the game. We admit it," confesses a full-page Microsoft
| ad in national papers, begging the world to try out its new Live
| search service. You almost want to hand Chief Executive Steven Ballmer
| a cup of cocoa.
| [...]
| Think of this fight as determining a few decabillion dollars of market 
| value circa 2010. The current figures are $147 billion for Google and $284 
| billion for Microsoft.


MSN Still Going Nowhere Fast

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| It is worth noting that Microsoft still hasn't made any headway
| in the search-and-portal game and, in fact, is falling farther and
| farther behind. As a result, it is not surprising that Steve Ballmer
| is now warning media companies that Google is the Evil Empire --
| because no other competitive tactic has worked.


Google, Ask Gain Search Share; Yahoo, Microsoft Lose Ground


Google vs. Microsoft Market Cap Game

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| Interesting seeing how Google's market capitalization has chased
| Microsoft's since Google's IPO. We have seemingly plateaued at a
| little under 60% for a year now, but any takers on bets with
| respect to how long that holds?


ComScore: Google Leads Again In Search

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| Yahoo reversed a slide that lowered them to 28.1 percent in September. 
| They gained slightly to 28.2 in October. Microsoft gave up 0.2 percent
| to decline to 11.7 percent, after falling 0.6 percent in September to
| 11.9. 


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