Vista Will Be the Last Major Windows Release as We Know It


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Vista will be the last major release of Windows in its current form. User demands, Microsoft's business needs and technology changes will move future versions toward a more modular architecture. The trend of bundling even more functionality is set to reverse.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Users Need Windows to Change
    • Microsoft Also Needs Windows to Change
    • The Technology to Change Windows Architecture Is Here
    • The Future of Windows: Modular
    • The Platform for Future Change
    • Recommendations
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