Interesting article shows some slides from a Microsoft presentation about the architecture of Windows Next. The snip below is the assessment they give of Windows 7. Pretty much. Their solution is to serve up a virtual desktop not unlike Chrome OS, with apps stored in the cloud and updated centrally to quickly patch securoity holes and bugs.
With a traditional OS, maintenance burden is on the user or their hired help. The company writes in the presentation, “[Customers today] see application compatibility issues, they see DLL hell, they see an inability to manage efficiently, they see high costs associated with maintenance and upgrades, they see a relatively short lifespan…..This cannot continue. Customers are increasingly refusing to let this continue.”