2007-08-20 11:58:12

Windows Vista - End of Monopoly?

Apparently, Microsoft has managed to finally hit over the bar with Windows Vista. Not only do the sales go horribly bad, they also get bad critics from all over the globe, predicting that Linux will become the dominant OS – the commodity OS – for both the PC and the server, to the eventual detriment of Microsoft's revenues.

PC magazine editor Jim Louderback, a former Windows Vista evangelist, has declare that he has lost his faith in Vista. Even more, he also suggests that a move to Linux might come to consideration, given the fact that Microsoft still doesn't remotely have the Vista bugs under control, after more than nine months.

"I've been a big proponent of the new OS over the past few months, even going so far as loading it onto most of my computers and spending hours tweaking and optimizing it. So why, nine months after launch, am I so frustrated? The litany of what doesn't work and what still frustrates me stretches on endlessly. The upshot is that even after nine months, Vista just ain't cutting it. I definitely gave Microsoft too much of a free pass on this operating system: I expected it to get the kinks worked out more quickly. Boy, was I fooled! If Microsoft can't get Vista working, I might just do the unthinkable: I might move to Linux."

The sales of MS Office 2007 don't appear to go well either, and additionally, the new OOXML document format is doing really badly. After 10 monthes that Office 2007 is out in the wild, less than 2'000 OOXML documents are available on the Internet. 1'329 of them have been added during the last 3 monthes, and 1'600 of them are coming from microsoft.com.

Its opponent, the Open Document Format, appears to be doing much better in the meanwhile: in the same period of time, 13'400 more documents were added to the pool of documents available on the Internet.

Given all these facts, The Register already proclaims the triumph of Linux, which might be a bit early to shout out but is indeed a general trend. If even the release of a new Microsoft product doesn't change the market situation dramatically, as it did regularly in the past, there is definitely something going on.

Under these circumstances, it doesn't come as a surprise that Microsoft is pushing this badly for the standardization and use of OOXML, mainly with governmental bodies. It is an attempt to save the market share with the jimmy, and if it goes well, it could suddenly lead to a big rise in market share of Apple's MacOS 10.

The reasons for this are simple. Apple's iWork suite in version 08 now officially supports OOXML, but does not feature support for ISO 26300:2006 standardized formats. Of course, the question remains to be asked why Apple would do Microsoft such a favor: because they think that when the Microsoft Empire falls apart, they might inherit the market share through the OOXML jimmy. It seems that Apple doesn't see any other way either to prevent Linux from becoming the natural successor of Windows.

Posted by Tonnerre Lombard | Permanent link | File under: news, standards