But Windows had not kept pace. - Cloud Computing

Its kernel accumulated too much baggage. Windows became overly complex, and scalability became a serious issue. Windows XP was released on October 25, 2001, so it was about eight years old by the time it was finally replaced by Windows 7. Vista, Microsoft’s ill-fated, supposed-to-be replacement for the venerable Window XP, was released to the world on January 31, 2007, but it failed. It was acknowledged by all to be a buggy, resourcehogging failure, and many enterprises never adopted it. In the meantime, Linux and open source blossomed. As Microsoft was forced to acknowledge in its SEC filings, Linux and open source posed a significant threat to Microsoft’s long period of domination and control of the operating system and desktop.

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