For decades, M$ used its levers to push businesses to upgrade their operating systems and office suites every few years. Many changed every three or four years under the pressure. Today, businesses have had enough. M$ is trying to milk the cow furiously by releasing more often and businesses, particularly large businesses, cannot keep up the pace even if they could afford it.
“Gartner suggested that one way to deal with the faster release cadence and the emphasis on Metro was to simply "hold up" by staying on the proven Windows 7. "Use the 10-year lifecycle of Windows 7/Office 2010 to standardize"”
Do the maths. If those teats are worth about $4billion per quarter each and they slow down two or three times, M$’s client revenue from business is cut in half. I love it. In the remaining life of “7” and “2010” many will see that FLOSS and GNU/Linux cost them much less pain, time and money.
I’ve read that M$ is nailing its coffin shut from the inside. It’s true. The last few nails were Vista, “8”, and now forcing customers to run in ankle-deep mud to buy the next release.