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February 19, 2006


Carlos Leyva


I totally agree, the response is likely to be a collective yawn. The "edge cases" might go for it but that won't be enough. The web (mashing) is becoming the OS of choice and even though it may not have the power it is quite "good enough" and getting better all the time. The future of MS forcing upgrades of this kind on the masses is probably bleak (for them). We might be witnessing the end of MS dominance. Now they will still continue to be a powerful force to be reckoned with, but I get a sense that their near monopoly is starting to slip away.

However that said, I don't think that there is much traction for a Linux Desktop OS either. The "only" client OS that seems to have legs is the browser. Sun's mantra that the "network is the computer" is probably more "spot on" now than when it was first coined. Unfortunately it won't help Sun, but it does help Google, who is "lurking" and has all kinds of potential MS killer apps waiting in the wings. The future will happen "faster than we think is possible."

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