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MacBytes
Jan 4, 2007, 06:47 PM
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dukebound85
Jan 4, 2007, 06:57 PM
i would miss my xbox 360 :o

Nermal
Jan 4, 2007, 11:05 PM
Your 360 wouldn't suddenly stop working just because the company doesn't exist anymore.

Mac'Mo
Jan 5, 2007, 02:34 PM
lols he might miss the games

Loge
Jan 5, 2007, 03:01 PM
This site has more info for those who want to live without Microsoft.

http://www.livingwithoutmicrosoft.org/

dukebound85
Jan 5, 2007, 03:03 PM
well by that same notion, windows wouldnt just go away either lol

Aniej
Jan 5, 2007, 03:03 PM
isn't there another site that has worked in the past to bring us a step closer to such a world? http://www.usdoj.gov/

thedude110
Jan 5, 2007, 03:17 PM
It's hard to be knee deep in futurism when you're up to your neck in fatalism.

And melodrama.

iJaz
Jan 6, 2007, 03:56 PM
some articles are just so rubbish...

mjstew33
Jan 6, 2007, 09:08 PM
some articles are just so rubbish...

i agree, what's the point.

what if... :rolleyes:

shamino
Jan 7, 2007, 01:49 PM
well by that same notion, windows wouldnt just go away either lol
But most Windows boxed would become pwned by malware within a few months.

Without constant patches and updates, you might as well just give your computer and internet connection to a crime syndicate, since they'll be the ones using it anyway.

If Microsoft suddenly implodes without warning, the first thing you'll see is that corporate IT managers (at least the smart ones) will completely shut down internet access, and implement draconian policies forbidding outside software. This will allow the PCs to remain as productive tools during the forced transition period.

What will they be replaced with? Anybody's guess is good here. Macs would work well, because they are relatively easy for users to learn. UNIX boxes (whether Linux or otherwise) would get the job done, but not without a steep learning curve. It is likely that some other lesser-known or mostly-dead OS's (like OS/2, BeOS or even AmigaDOS) would attempt a come-back.

You'd probably find proponents of managed systems (like Sun and Citrix) gaining market share for a while. Centralized servers with mostly-dumb graphic terminals are easier to maintain and secure than networks of standalone PCs, even when the apps running on those servers are Windows-based.

Ultimately, IMO, such a meltdown would produce a good end, but it would be extremely painful for 2-5 years, as the industry figures out what to do.

iPegboy
Jan 7, 2007, 03:37 PM
if there was no microsoft to put out patches for it's leaky software, there would be hosts of third party groups doing it.

apple would rise to domiance and be plagued by reliabiltiy (sp?) issues (because of the mass productions of models).

bousozoku
Jan 7, 2007, 03:56 PM
IBM's OS/2 could return to fill the gap. They're still maintaining eComStation. They'd been shut out from just about everything since Windows 2000 arrived. Even IBM's other divisions started to develop for Windows.

BeOS could have another chance.

Linux would probably take over in a lot of offices.

However, what about all those poor people with Microsoft certifications? Suddenly, they wouldn't be paying every year to carry some acronym along with their name.

You have to love the comment "MAC = CRAP" because it shows that some people just don't think. Prejudice > understanding.

jlewis2k1
Jan 7, 2007, 04:28 PM
If we had no microsoft tomorrow, I would say it would be hard on the whole world. Just because everything that businesses use is powered by Windows. I know that there other businesses that are powered by other systems. But, everyone is too dependant of Windows. So, If they were gone. It would take at least 2 or 3 years before the final transitions are completed from Microsoft's products to other systems.

shamino
Jan 8, 2007, 09:34 AM
if there was no microsoft to put out patches for it's leaky software, there would be hosts of third party groups doing it.
Only if those third party groups could get the original source code.

Of course, if the source went public, then the internet community could probably stabilize and secure it in a few years. Probably the way Netscape evolved into Mozilla's products - by completely rewriting the really ugly parts and patching the rest.

Assuming the internet community actually wanted to, of course. I suspect a lot of the people best qualified to do this wouldn't want to bother, but would instead use the code to make a proper app-compatibility engine for Linux.
apple would rise to domiance and be plagued by reliabiltiy (sp?) issues (because of the mass productions of models).
Only if they port their stuff to all of the existing PCs. They might not, specifically because it would be impossible to maintain reliability in such a market.