Operating Systems: Irrelevant!

By  |  Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Jean-Louis Gassée says that operating systems don’t matter anymore. It’s a little more complicated than that, but his piece is a must-read.


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3 Comments For This Post

  1. David Hamilton Says:

    It is a fascinating thought: looked that from that perspective, Windows is an irrelevance to the Operating System market.

  2. @samir_s_shah Says:

    Only two things define a new operating system.

    1) User Interface and 2) how much money a developer makes on the OS. A developer may even work with a bad tool if that makes he/she money.

    I have not surveyed the what different companies' requirements are exactly for the developers but….

    Microsoft, RIM and Nokia should not go for parity with Apple or Google, it is a kiss of death.

    Instead, they should waive initial lump sum fee and let the developers get 100% for their apps for the first year.

    Arguments against these are just what they are, hollow arguments.

    Parity is hubris, accept that Apple and Android are ahead of you and you have catching up to do. However good your operating system is user interface wise (Microsoft) it is not going to succeed without quality an quantity of apps (both are important). User interface is a necessary but not sufficient condition. You also need a happy cadre of developers.


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