At VMware Partner Exchange Keynote Paul Maritz stated we are witnessing the end of the Windows era. Wow! I love the boldness and if that becomes true would reshape IT and end user computing as we know it. I get his agenda; VMware is working to move/shape the industry with Zimbra, Cloud, Spring, and other evangelizing positions. I’ve been in IT for 15 years going back to the modern birth of Windows Server (3.51). May times people have tried to make bold statements about the death of the mainframe, tape, and other things. I throw this out as a question as a forum;
Are we at the end of the era of Windows?
Arguments and elements for the end of Windows:
- Cloud could become a catalyst for platforms (vFabric) to create a more widely utilized compute platform without Windows (i.e. – Zimbra, Saleforce.com & other Linux based applications)
- Devices powered by iOS, Droid (look at how fast Windows users became Apple users with the iPad)
- popularity of Mac
- A concept called “just enough OS” (JeOS) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_enough_operating_system
- VDI may enable a usage paradigm where users could care less about Windows and actually think an OS is kind of clunky
Arguments and elements against the end of Windows:
- Way too many Windows users around the world (think about your relatives)
- No one has been right when they make bold predictions like that
- VDI may actually extend the usefulness of Windows
- Windows is transforming and it’s too hard to predict what they become (MS isn’t asleep!)
I personally fall believe we are NOT witnessing the “end of the era” even though I’m a fan of the new devices, Mac, and emerging alternatives like Zimbra. Let me know your view and links to sites with good info!