In evolution, a dead end is a branch of life-forms that failed to adapt to changing conditions and became extinct. There is the real possibility that other OS will become a dead end in technology. Never ending complexity kills economic advantages and capabilities of IT.
“simple tasks turn into dead ends with Windows when things don’t work the way they should. Think of updates that fail to execute and apps that create problems for the user. Problems that present themselves with a dialog box with an error message that provides no information to the user on how to proceed. I call it the Windows dead end.”
The dead end that killed that other OS in my life was when crashes resulting from routine operations wasted time in the four-ring circle I operated in my classroom. Time wasted for that other OS to reboot was the last straw. That disruption was negating the tangible benefit of having multiple PCs in my classroom and derailing my interactions with my own students. I had tolerated that kind of performance for more than a decade in my own work. I had accepted that as normal because I saw no other OS working smoothly in the same environment.
Similar moments of clarity have come to countless millions of users of IT in the last year or two: smartphones that just work getting the job done in hostile environments, tablets that do everything anyone needs done that fit in one hand, and all costing less than a legacy PC with Wintel Inside… That realization cannot be put back in the bottle. That other OS is obsolete. M$ added endless features to sell new copies which just increased the fragility and complexity. The result is that M$ cannot revise its OS to just work without jerking around all the slaves who now serve the slave-master. The slaves revolt and choose freedom. That happened in a big way in 2013 with no growth at all in shipments of that other OS and there is no upside on the horizon. It’s all downhill from here on and the decline will probably grow more rapid as OEMs, ODMs, retailers, consumers and businesses all find the exit.