Benioff: “8” will mark ‘the end’ of that other OS

BYOD, (Bring Your Own Device) means an end to M$’s bulk licences to businesses and the small cheap computers run */Linux or iOS so there’s just no need for M$.

Benioff reported that in a conversation with a global CIO, “Her goal is to get rid of all of the PCs”

see CEO Benioff: Windows 8 will mark 'the end' of the Microsoft OS | ITworld.

That makes some sense. It sure would relieve M$ of a lot of income, perhaps most of it, and businesses of a lot of expense for IT, perhaps most of it if they use cloudy stuff. FLOSS will be a part of the mix because the world can make its own software independently of M$. It’s the right way to do IT.

Imagine a world without M$ telling us how to do IT. We could network as large as we wanted without worrying about their petty EULA. We could sleep late on “Patch Tuesday”. Malware writers might have to take on legitimate work. Imagine retail spaces where consumers actually have a choice of OS. I like it.

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4 Responses to Benioff: “8” will mark ‘the end’ of that other OS

  1. Lutz wrote, “even Microsoft’s core audience is appalled.”

    I think that’s true and it is somewhat like Canonical’s long-time Ubuntu-users revolting. No organization should expect to convince millions to use their products and become familiar with them and not experience push-back with radical change. IMHO once a satisfactory experience with the user-interface is achieved, there isn’t any real advantage to changing it. For example, both M$ and Canonical seem to appreciate the need to help users find things but both have insulted users who think they know where certain stuff is. There’s no need for that. Both could just use more advanced search where people are actually searching instead of requiring people to search for everything.

    It’s a forest and trees thing. One does not help people navigate a forest by pulling down signs. Then, when you insult people who are multitasking by hiding their other tasks, you are really wasting their time and they notice. I expect both M$ and Canonical will recoil from this failed attempt at revolutionizing the GUI and go back to what works. I think no matter what M$ does will soon matter a lot less judging by how people are loving small cheap computers, where the new approaches work well, but forcing the new technology on hundreds of millions of loyal users will drive hundreds of millions to FLOSS and that’s good for many other reasons. Canonical already has healthy competition in GNU/Linux. I expect a few more OEMs will find another distro if Canonical pushes the new technology on old PCs.

  2. Lutz D. Meier says:

    That’s the blog of a certified Linux hater. He also happens to be a very vocal Windows 8 hater although he loves Windows 7. So even Microsoft’s core audience is appalled.

  3. dougman says:

    I played dumb and asked a few Windows IT dudez what they thought about Windows 8. Not one gave me any indication of being enthused, the takeaway was “Stick with Windows 7” or try out Ubuntu.

    My preference is Linux Mint, but it is based on Ubuntu, albeit a bit more refined and satiating for the users needs. Cinnamon, Gnome3, KDE, XFCE are all different UI’s to choose from.

    Windows 8 and its dumbed down METROFAIL tiles are a smack in face on peoples intelligence. M$ thinks so highly of its users, that they removed the “Start” button. Don’t like it? TOUGH.

  4. Fred says:

    M$ will embrace BYOD, extending it with their own version called BYOMD. Eventually M$ will drop the ‘Y’ and in the all new BOMD the B will stand for “buy” and the O will mean “our”.
    Of course this strategy doesn’t work anymore and nobody will fall for it.
    I agree with Benioff, ‘8’ will bring even more momentum into the already inevitable demise of M$.

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