Windows 98, 2000, xp, vista, 7 .... ever since heard of computers heard these only. with a Microsoft dominated market we are left with very few options to look for apart from not so well performing Unix, Linux and only perfect alternative Mac.
will we ever find a Operating System to overtake "Windows"
Well you mustn't be listening hard.
Unix, Linux, Mac... and there are others.
heard of these but not heard of others. from ur listing Mac is also nowhere close to Windows
I bought my first mac a few months ago. So far I am finding it to be far superior to Windows.
Big Business doesn't operate on Windows in the same way that individual users do. Windows is a desktop platform. Sure there are businesses who use it... but on the backend... take internet providers for example, Windows isn't all that.
It just human nature to go the 90% way, that's why I guess almost everyone is using Windows because somebody else is using Windows. But we have some stable Operating system other than Microsoft Windows
Most servers are a Linux server that power websites, instead ordf Microsoft based. On the desktop OS list, Apple's OSX is 2nd, followed by Ubuntu being 3rd, and Linux Mint(an improved Ubuntu), number 4, which I use. Each one being better than Windows. Linux Mint is easiest to use for new people. OSX is superior in removing software by dragging the selected program or item to the recycle bin and then emptying it. That's it. There's no long uninstall program process. Though Linux's great package manager has them all beat. Each OS has it's advantage. Google Chrome OS is internet based. A sophisticated computer cluster powers your apps, so the need for a constantly updated computer is eliminated. You can run on minimal power. I use Linux Mint, and it's growing the fastest. I help in that by spreading the word in my area and I give out free cd's.
i think with proper software installations we can ignore the windows by ubuntu or kubuntu,, mac is not an option without itz supporting.. so the best option will be according to me is linux.... by firstname.lastname@example.org
Yeah, if you haven't heard of others, your ears are closed. Mac isn't just another brand, it has its own operating system. And for those who want to be a little more virus-free and do-it-yourself, Linux and Unix are great Windows alternatives.
Mac OS is unix based. This was the major change from OS 9 to OS X. (Believe it or not I still use OS 9 one one of my macs.)
Macs can use Windows 7 if you feel so inclined.
Google is developing an OS also.
Microsoft would not be so dominant if PCs were sold without Windows already installed on them.
Mac isn't really somewhere close to Windows, it is a completely different operating system.
I think for any operating system to overtake Windows it would have to be a revolutionary computer that operates differently and more effectively. So let's just say it hasn't been developed yet.
I agree with flightkeeper, nothing will ever compete with windows for general use on regular pcs's. When they bring out quantum computers or some other innovation and operating systems have to start over from the ground up then the market will open up. But then will probably just end up with another os that takes over 90% of the market and dominates for years. It's like google with search engines. As long as we use search engines as our main way of finding our way around the internet google will dominate.
Apple is setting us all up for taking over windows. Think about all of the various forms of "i" somethings there are and the rise in popularity of anything Apple. Give it a couple of years and Apple will make a big launch of a computer system that will be able to put a big dent in Microsoft. It is all about apps, the only reason microsoft is so dominant is due to the sheer number of computers running the windows system and the number of available apps. Apple is clearly gaining ground and they are doing it by taking over every other niche except the pc market.
The most likely candidate is google. They are developing a new mobile operating system. IF they conquer the mobile market, then they can enter the desktop arena.
They already have a beta operating system!
You missed out Windows 3.1, Windows NT and Windows 95, I know I'm going back a bit lol
Android wil be shipped on Netbooks this year. Not very keen oN Google having a hand in a OS though. It's supposed to be more cloud based.
Google is listening and making ANDROID... windows is though a cool name to survive a few more decades.
LINUX tried, MAC tried
no one can beat volumes licensing of windows and consumer friendly price.
Google may do it.!!
I have faith in Google. I think Google might succeed. Billions of users use Google and YouTube every day, so I think they might succeed, if they do it well enough.
Linux never had a shot. Their operating system was (and is) bad and unattractive.
Thnx HubChief - At last i got the right answer to my question
The only thing that makes windows stand apart is that even my grandma can use it........other than that everything is somewhat same in all the operating systems.
Meh, I like Windows, it is practically crash free nowadays, runs pretty smoothly, and doesn't clog up unless you install a load of shite on it Which would happen to any OS)
I am currently on Windows Vista, however I have dramatically revised my opinion of Windows since XP, before which the only half decent, stable, operating system was Windows 2000, everything else was unsecured with a tendency to fall apart!#
Linux is a good OS, but you have to be very tech savvy, and keep up with the latest news, to be able to operate it all correctly.
Kephrira, Quantum Computing is not going to remove the need for decent GUI, and is a hardware issue, rather than an OS issue, it will just need new drivers, rather like the previous bounds forward in computing technology.
HubChief, Android is the name of Google's mobile phone OS, Google's PC OS is called Coogle Chrome OS!
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