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Windows words of the week: Tired and retired

Windows is dead. Long live Windows! This week, industry experts grappled with the future of Microsoft's venerable operating system, one quote at a time.

Windows is dead. Long live Windows! This week's online conversation was full of strong statements about the viability of Microsoft's flagship product on PCs and on tablets. Read on to get the choicest tidbits from all the chatter.

 "I know Windows too well and I'm tired of it."
- A Microsoft detractor describing the uphill battle the company will face as it attempts to revitalize the brand with Windows 8. InfoWorld blogger Woody Leonhard wonders if the Windows name is part of the problem; consumers and enterprises might be more open to all the versions of the new operating system if it were called something completely different (and no, Windows RT doesn't count).

"It could be an interesting change to how enterprises consume and use IT services." 
- Colin Bradford, CTO of Fujitsu UK, on Project Avalon, Citrix Systems Inc.'s forthcoming platform for delivering Windows applications and desktops via the cloud. The service, announced during last week's Citrix Synergy event in San Francisco, comes with questions about licensing and uses; Brian Madden, Gabe Knuth and Shawn Bass broke down the key points in a special-edition podcast.

"The fact that you're still running Windows is perfectly fine. Just be aware that the shift toward hosted desktops and cloud-based services is happening."
- Gabe Knuth, projecting the future for the desktop operating system in light of statements about the post-PC era touted by companies such as Citrix and VMware Inc. It's not that Windows won't exist – it just might not exist in the way it has for years, in a box under your desk.

"Buy a Windows 7 PC and get Windows 8 Pro for $XX.XX."
- The draft copy for marketing materials Microsoft will reportedly send to original equipment manufacturers and retail partners for its upgrade program, set to launch on June 2, according to published reports. . The company has run similar promotions for past releases in an effort to sell more machines. Paul Thurrott, of WinSuperSite, writes that the upgrade will cost $14.99. Ed Tittel has more on the Enterprise Desktop blog.

"The world doesn’t need another closed proprietary environment and Microsoft has the chance to be so much more."
Mozilla Corp. chief counsel Harvey Anderson, explaining the company's complaints regarding the lack of support for browsers other than Internet Explorer on the forthcoming Windows RT tablet operating system (though, as many have mentioned, Apple does something similar with iOS). While Mozilla has said it does not want to take legal action, a Senate Judiciary Committee probe is rumored given the monopoly issues Microsoft faced in the late '90s. Are the browser wars back?

"Best he be retired to enjoy his fortune rather than deprive investors and employees of building theirs."

– Forbes writer Adam Hartung on Microsoft head Steve Ballmer, who topped Hartung's list of CEOs who deserve pink slips. The reason? Under Ballmer's watch, Redmond has fallen behind in the emerging mobile/tablet market, and now bets everything on Windows 8. In a recent Computer Weekly column, Simon Wardley argued that Ballmer must address Microsoft's culture above all else: "Open source is not the real enemy of Microsoft today, instead "old" Microsoft is."

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