Re: render unto caeser that which is his
I say let the shills and fanboi go ahead and they can congratulate themselves at the result whilst the rest of the world escape to reality.
I daresay they'll do that without any bidding.
If businesses continue to feed the MS cashcow then they can enjoy being the blind following the blind and everyone else will be happy when they finally walk off a cliff.
Actually I can see a flaw in that argument, but I'll leave that for now.
Lets look as windows benefits
1 compatability sadly there are now many more systems running a flavour of unix than windows so asside from games windows users are living on a desert island.
I'd be interested to hear where you got your statistics from. Yes, compatibility is a problem but only for those actually trying to run a specific item from a platform different to the one the application was designed for. Even there the problem isn't quite as big as it was even a decade ago except for those few for whom a degree of lock in is actually part of their modus operandi. Even with games, the increasing interest of companies like Steam have changed the previous dependence on Windows somewhat.
2 Easy of use/staff training costs again MS have chosen a radically different interface that hides OS dialogues from the user, I would suggest this means more UI type support calls and associated employment of even more semiskilled windows zealots to explain why it was necessary for the productive user to not know what their computer is doing when they are logged in.
That's true to an extent. Certainly the changes made at Windows 8 were a cause for concern in that respect and while Windows 10 has brought a degree of reversion on the poor choices made by Sinovsky, there are still some concerns. Having said that, it's all down to how much change there is and how much of that change is really relevant to the end user.
In my own experience of shifting Windows XP users to Windows 7, for example, there was very little to do for the majority of users. As long as the applications they used were on the desktop somewhere, the most they needed to do is negotiate the change to the login page (Microsoft haven't got this bit right since XP really, IMHO) and all was well. The only ones that got into a muddle were the power users that were expected to delve further into their machines and they were a fraction of the overall user base.
But that all comes from a single case and it's always difficult (and probably unwise) to generalise in these situations.
3 Cost of hardware, most business users employ their machines for browsing and opening,working with a standard office suit, all of which can be done on other devices and operating systems for a fraction of the price of a windows 10 system and associated infrastructure.
That depends on the case in question. Going back to my own example, the majority of the users I changed from WXP to W7 received new or replacement computers for a couple of reasons. I should also mention that you ignore the fact that many companies lock themselves into a Microsoft environment - not necessarily due to office suite considerations but where they will sometimes use bespoke operations or applications.
First, it made for a quicker transition and provided a degree of protection against the possibility that the new system might not have gone in correctly. If you get a problem, the old system could slide back in temporarily while the problem was resolved.
Second, this was an upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 and the spec of the XP machines was quite a bit inferior to the sort of thing that would run W7 satisfactorily for the purpose we used these machines for.
Again, generalising like this is a bit dangerous. A machine's age, spec and use are all considerations when upgrading and a new operating system does not necessarily require new hardware.
Conclusion letting the fools help MS to their demise is a good thing for everyone
OK, this is the problem. Microsoft has a large section of the world's desktop and server infrastructure and has had for some time now. If Microsoft were to decline, it could take a large amount of the commercial sector with it unless that sector had already moved elsewhere, whether Apple, Unix, Linux or wherever.
Suffice to say that I feel your pain but the whole Microsoft thing was pretty much in place as far back as the 1980s when they were still being pushed down the throats of the commercial sector by IBM to the detriment of every other computer/operating system company of the day. It's a little late now to complain about that much but as we are now we have to make the best of what we have and speak out when something comes along that is detrimental.
And yes, the "fools" as you call them have put themselves in that position but calling them names isn't going to solve anything.