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ITMyCareer.com: Operating systems dwindle towards a big two

Nov 27, 2001, 11:53 (50 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graeme Philipson)

[ Thanks to Norman Gaywood for this link. ]

"It is becoming increasingly clear that we are heading for a world in which there are only two operating systems Windows and Linux. Within 10 years virtually all computers, from the smallest wristwatch (don't laugh) to the largest mainframe (they will never die), will run one of these two operating systems. All others are headed for extinction.

Windows, in its various incarnations, will succeed simply because Microsoft is Microsoft, with enormous marketing clout. The fact that Microsoft's tactics often stretch the limits of acceptable behaviour is irrelevant to the debate. It has unstoppable momentum and its market share continues to grow apace at every level of computing.

Windows has pretty well grown up now and is a solid, stable and scalable operating system that can perform most jobs. Its greatest limitations have been at the high-end, so-called "enterprise computing", but it is now capable of running just about any application. All the major applications software providers ("ISVs" is the industry jargon "independent software vendors") have developed for Windows, and its future is assured."

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