Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press
Is Windows, the world-renowned and popular computer operating system, about to die off?
Recent reviews of Windows 8, coupled with the increase in popularity of Chromebooks and Android-based computers, might spell the end of the Windows brand.
On Jan. 29, CNN reported that Windows XP — the ever-popular Windows operating system that originally debuted in 2000 and is still used by 29 percent of computers around the world — would no longer receive technical support, effectively ending the life of one of the world’s most popular operating systems.
And that can have outlasting effects for Windows as a brand. Many old computers can’t upgrade to Windows' more recent operating system, Windows 8, which puts them without a technically supported operating system, CNN reported.
Orson Scott Card recently wrote about Windows 8 in a review. He explained that the desktop operating system doesn’t offer anything that people want, mostly because it’s built in a similar way as a tablet operating system.
“Windows 8 is worse than stupid. It's suicidal. It is a sign of Microsoft's death wish,” Card said.
Card went on to describe his grievances with Windows 8, reaffirming his thoughts that the operating system, along with recent Windows tablets and computers, aren’t succeeding in the new age of technology.
“Time to sell your Microsoft stock, kids,” he wrote. “The Titanic just ran into Iceberg Android. They still think they're unsinkable. But now is the time to get into the lifeboats. No, no, that's not quite right. The iceberg is Windows 8. Android is the lifeboat. So would somebody please get Android up and running on a laptop?”
Android computers might be the thing that eliminates Windows from competition, according to ITWorld.com. Writer Jim Lynch wrote that Android users are familiar with a world that doesn’t include Windows products, and that trend will only continue.
“It's just not a Windows-only world any more,” Lynch wrote. “Millions of people have moved on to other operating systems, and they've realized that Windows is now optional for most people. It's a totally different mind-set out there than what existed years ago, before the rise of mobile devices.”
And David Gewirtz, a writer for ZDNet, a technology website, recommends users buy Chromebooks — laptops developed by Google — instead of Windows. He said “they just work” and they are “really pleasant to use.” It’s even got an easier and quicker start-up time, taking about five minutes opposed to the roughly hour-long setup of a Windows PC, Gewirtz wrote.
“For people who don't need all that Windows has to offer, for those who live in their browsers, Gmail, Facebook, and such, for those who write simple documents and need simple spreadsheets or presentations, for those who just need to get something done quickly and easily, the Chromebook is an ideal choice,” he wrote.