Windows is legacy

The Department of Work and Pensions’ chief techology officer, James Gardner has written a blog in which he describes the end of Windows desktop computng. Gardner argues that business no longer needs a desktop software stack – thin, lightweight, networked devices are the future.


I think they’ll be fewer workloads that actually require a heavy deskop stack. Today, of course, we have all this legacy that’s coupled to the desktop, but in a decade, I really doubt that will be the case. Most stuff will arrive via the browser.


Windows is 25 years old this month. By all counts it is a legacy of 1980s computing. When the PC replaced centralised computing systems, the software industry replicated mainframe functionality under the guise of client server computing. Thanks to the pace of development in microprocessor technology, the PC is a complex, powerful and highly sophisticated general purpose computing device. The IT industry has sold businesses the idea that they must upgrade PCs continually to stay on the technology curve, or risk falling behind competitors.


But today’s business desktop, in the main, has more power, than  most users actually need, unless they run massive computations, or graphics or video editing packages.Processing can actually be run on server farms on the internet, which means even these applications no longer need to be run on the desktop. So a powerful desktop OS is overkill for the internet age


For Windows to remain as the preferred OS for desktop computing Microsoft needs to rethink its strategy.Windows needs to evolve into a desktop OS, which seamlessly links users to cloud based storage and internet applications.