“Every three years or so Microsoft would sit down and create ‘the next great OS. The developers would be locked away and out would pop a product based on what the world wanted three years ago.”
See: Microsoft to stop producing Windows versions“ The way M$ climbed to the top of desktop PC markets was to force OEMs, retailers, and consumers to deal with nothing but M$’s product. That worked for a while but no longer. M$ intends to switch to a subscription model where consumers have to pay for service as they go. That’s right. No longer will the price be hidden. Consumers who can do the maths will seek alternatives if for no other reason than comparison shopping. GNU/Linux will prevail because there’s no OS out there that gives as great a service for $0 as GNU/Linux. Amen.
This is it. 2015 will be the last year where consumers are under the delusion that that other OS is $free. Wait till they find that GNU/Linux is $FREE and FREE. TOOS will be blown away.