Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte
Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45
This is fine for Windows 7, some servers and Office -- but don't get carried away -- once these products mature and most people have installed them think about THE FUTURE revenue.
you could have said this years ago with xp, or with nt or 3.11 or whenever you like.
windows 7 is great, yes, but let's hope 8,9, 10 etc are better!
unlike 3.11 both the hardware and applications have got much more stable and are so much faster than 3.11 which was actually built on top of an 8 bit OS (DOS).
The potential for improvement becomes much more limited once the base product has matured into a really good system.
It's like High Quality Audio -- A really satisfactory set of Hi Fi speakers only costs around 250 USD a pair -- good enough for 95% of people -- but to true audiophiles to squeeze something really superior often costs like 2,000 USD or more - maybe in exteme cases up to 20,000 USD -- even though the improvement might only be 3% and it's doubtful if your average "man in the Street" could tell the difference anyway.
That's the problem MS will come up against.
If 80% of consumers are STILL satisfied with XP what chance of them going to W8 / W9 or whatever when the real improvement from Windows 7 will probably only be seen as marginal at best.
I suspect MS will gradually move away from "Software Manufacturing" into more "Service" and "Consultancy" based services rather like IBM has done - separating itself a lot from the Mainframe business when it was known as "Big Blue".
I'm sure there ARE products waiting to be invented but all I was saying in the post was that MS cannot go on idefinitely with the same business model that it has now.