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Old 05-24-2006, 10:27 AM   #1
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Post What would happen if Microsoft vanished?


greetings to everyone!

I found out quite interesting this article at The Inquirer, commenting about another article that appeared at Infoworld talking of a possible life without Microsoft.

Hope ye enjoy it and post your comments.
 
Old 05-24-2006, 11:12 AM   #2
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The Amiga and Atari ST would still exist Games would blow your head off and the Apple Mac enjoys being successful in both business and at home whilst the X86 is used in industry, where its use of Unix to control machinery is ideal! It also is an ideal server platform! Meanwhile, real Unix geeks use SGI hardware. The Acorn RiscOS computer is used for embedded applications such as set top boxes and factory terminals!

On the negative, nothing really works with each other, Lotus won't print out on certain printers and computers can't read files from other computers! The Internet is still here, its not as flourished as it is today tho!

Thats what I may see in my mind and probably far from what would really happen!
 
Old 05-24-2006, 12:51 PM   #3
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If Microsoft vanished, all the other OS would go on and flourish much better than now.That Microsoft still exists does not have to do with the quality of Windows but with the political situation of the countries up to now.If that changed then Microsoft would be damaged as well.And ,who knows, may be the situation is going to change.
 
Old 05-24-2006, 01:57 PM   #4
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Well, from time to time, computer companies have "vanished," but demand for their products continues. Well, you probably can't find and wouldn't miss a Wang word processor, but you can still find DEC VAXen in service.

In fact, it could well be said that computer hardware/software is almost eternal. The time and money that has been invested in any computing setup, added to the uncertainty ("risk") inherent in almost any change from status-quo, means that companies and individuals alike essentially "just don't do it."

This is why, even if it all becomes a world of emulators, you'll still see software support for the Microsoft Windows environment for dozens of years to come. Heck, there are still plenty of companies out there who are using, and demanding, MS-DOS.
 
Old 05-24-2006, 02:05 PM   #5
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Ohh man I didn't think of that ! We could have ROMs with Windows on them and download ROMs of games for our Windows emulator!
 
Old 05-24-2006, 02:05 PM   #6
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Ohh and the Sega Megadrive/Genesis lives on!!
 
Old 05-25-2006, 02:01 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sundialsvcs
Well, from time to time, computer companies have "vanished," but demand for their products continues. Well, you probably can't find and wouldn't miss a Wang word processor, but you can still find DEC VAXen in service.

In fact, it could well be said that computer hardware/software is almost eternal. The time and money that has been invested in any computing setup, added to the uncertainty ("risk") inherent in almost any change from status-quo, means that companies and individuals alike essentially "just don't do it."

This is why, even if it all becomes a world of emulators, you'll still see software support for the Microsoft Windows environment for dozens of years to come. Heck, there are still plenty of companies out there who are using, and demanding, MS-DOS.
Agreed.

By the by, it may interest/amuse you to know that our company uses a WANG-BASIC compiled accounting package for our financial software. You should see the computer running it... twist my arm, and I'll post some pics.
 
Old 05-25-2006, 11:45 AM   #8
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That and drivers for NCR hardware are still being used.

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Originally Posted by tribalmasters
The Internet is still here, its not as flourished as it is today tho!
Microsoft does not own the Internet, nor were they ever really responsible for it. Although, given their failed "TCP/MS" scheme a while back, I'm sure they'd like to.

Also, please consider this question: What are the backbones of the Internet running on?

I really doubt they're using some variant of Windows. Hell, Google - this should be a hint to you - is using Unix for their main servers.
Thus, I see absolutely no change in the Internet.

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Old 05-25-2006, 11:48 AM   #9
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Simpsons nostalgia:
"Can you imagine a world without lawyers?"
 
Old 05-25-2006, 12:20 PM   #10
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Smile

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Simpsons nostalgia:
"Can you imagine a world without lawyers?"
"Next case: Lionel Hutz vs. the International Council of Churches."

"Oh yeah, that thing."
 
Old 05-31-2006, 08:34 AM   #11
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Simple answer... nothing.
I already have XP installed and working

i sometimes wonder ... is M$ still making money?
 
Old 05-31-2006, 04:39 PM   #12
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If Microsoft vanished, all the other OS would go on and flourish much better than now.
Thats exactly what I think...
 
Old 06-04-2006, 06:20 PM   #13
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The world will standarize on Unix/POSIX.
 
Old 06-05-2006, 07:24 PM   #14
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Instead of Microsoft vanishing, thing about what it would be like if it never existed at all...

Digital Research DR-DOS and IBM PC-DOS would have had to battle it out for #1 DOS. The GUI wars between between GEM desktop, ViewMAX and others to make DOS compete with MAC! Linux and other unix variants would likely still have been created but there would be no Windows utils on the CD to help install or make boot floppies like RawriteWin.

As mentioned, all of this virus junk would be a scenario and much less prevailant today!

George bush senior and Al Gore would probably still clain credit for bringing the internet into general public use but the web part of it might be much different today.

Almost forgot... IBM OS/2-Warp would probably be a widely used OS today if Microsoft had not double crossed them on their codevelopement deal and came out with Windows 95 sperately!

In the end, if Microsft had never existed at all, I believe there would be a difference but in relative terms of technology and advancement, much would still be as it is today! Prehaps there would be far less home computer users because that seems to be a huge section of their market but computers would still be just as widely used on job, in business, engineering, academics, and government I believe.
 
Old 06-10-2006, 08:14 AM   #15
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Only thing I would miss is DirectX, well the games built on it at leaste. Other than that, it wouldn't bother me at all. Then everyone would switch to opengl, which could only be a good thing imo.
 
  


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