I’m running XP and I was just pondering how MS has steadily taken over all the apps and applets I used to use like Eudora email, Netscape browser, WordPerfect word processing, Novell networking (at work) and how absolutely tied in I am personally and professionally to Microsoft products.
This is not to say MS makes bad products, they don’t (usually), but every time they have extended the capabilites of the OS another series of non-MS applets and software have become obsolete. If I was just running MS Windows XP Pro and nothing else there is enough there to be minimally productive, and quite frankly there is some degree of convenience that all the MS stuff is so net centric even if I hate the new XP registration annoyances and connectivity hassles when interfacing with older ME and 98 PCs. I know MS has some potentially serious competiton in the backend networking market via Linux but the simplest solution for many network admins seems to be to switch to NT server to minimize interoperability problems.
In any case, given this state of affairs is there even a remote possibility that MS will see some desktop competition in the forseeable future where I could power up a non-MS desktop OS that would seamlessly interface with all the existing MS stuff or is the nature of software such that MS is going to rule the desktop roost for a very long time to come?