Is the OS really going away?
Pondering on the future of the operating system has become quite fashionable, prompted largely it seems by the growth of virtualisation. Trouble is, everyone seems to be looking forwards -- not backwards.
When it comes to operating systems, the prevailing wind -- to paraphrase Claude Rains in the movie Casablanca -- hails from somewhere other than Redmond. Or at least, that's what we're led to believe.
The forces ranged against Microsoft now appear staggeringly huge. From being almost the only fish in the pond, Microsoft is now almost surrounded, with VMware and its virtualisation technology as cheerleader.
The whole open source and Linux movements remain hugely opposed to Microsoft -- while, incidentally, they attempt to match the OS giant's products with software distributions that are even bigger.