With all the recent publicity regarding Windows Vista, there has been not only praise for the new operating system but criticizism as well. Many critics of Vista have focused on negative features such as restrictive licensing which restricts the end user from moving the Vista O.S. from one PC to another more than once. Others have claimed that the EULA (end user license agreement) hasn’t changed from that of Windows XP and you should be able to utilize the license in the same manner.
In a previous post I listed what I felt were the Top 5 Reasons NOT to Upgrade to Windows Vista. Some readers have agreed and some disagreed with my findings. Is it my imagination or does it seem as if Microsoft is pushing the limits and testing the waters to see how far its end users can be pushed? Now if Microsoft wanted to retain its enormous, current customer base it would not place so many restrictions on the use of its operating system. This especially holds true when rolling out a new product such as Vista.
Why would one create a negative buzz about a product before its release? That just doesn’t make good business sense. With the recent releases of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Linux Desktop, the alternatives to Windows based operating systems are becoming quite attractive. This is especially true if you are a business owner with multiple PC’s. You have to ask yourself, “Is Microsoft Pushing Customers to Linux?” Surely not intentionally. That would be business suicide, but in a way by placing too many restrictions especially in the form of licensing on their products they are paving the way for open source products to gain market share.
There are definite advantages to running Windows based operating systems such as universal hardware compatibility, a huge base of compatible software applications and ease of installation to name a few. Within the last several years there have been several disadvantages as well, including security issues and increased licensing costs.
Will Microsoft push its entire Windows user base to Linux? No. Is it possible that Microsoft will lose market share to thousands of business customers over the years as they switch to open source Linux operating systems? Yes. Â© 2006 ElectroGeek.com