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Microsoft unveils 'spiritual successor' to Windows 7 by going to 10

Gregg Keizer | Oct. 1, 2014
Puts Windows 8 and the 'Sinofsky Era' to sleep -- and not with a bedtime story.

Microsoft has been backpedaling from Windows 8's original vision almost since the operating system landed on new PCs, and to some extent, from the secretive approach that Sinofsky took in development, which important Microsoft partners denounced.

"I'd argue that the end of Sinosky's Era was when Myerson started in the job," said Miller, referring to Myerson's appointment as head of the OS division, part of the massive corporate reorganization by former CEO Steve Ballmer in July 2013. "[Myerson has been] more open with information, interacted with customers more, and has changed how the [operating system] organization was run."

Moorhead concurred. "In practice, Microsoft has been improving since [Sinofsky] left," he said, ticking off additional evidence. "This OS is being created in collaboration with all of Microsoft's major OEMs, and Microsoft is acting much more collaboratively."

He called Windows 10 a "milestone in the death of the Sinofsky Era" and "a public affirmation of the change in style at Microsoft."

Moorhead also used the word "stunning" to describe the turnabout evidenced by Windows 10. "The backtrack off Windows 8 was pretty stunning. It was the right move, but it's just stunning to see how much they're backtracked. Seeing it officially and all in one form was the surprising part, that's what had the impact," Moorhead said.

"What I heard today was, 'Hey, we've realized [Windows] 8 was a mistake and that we didn't listen to you, so starting with the enterprise, we're going to include more people and we're going to listen to you," Moorhead continued.

"The Sinofsky Era has already been long put to bed and this is arguably what [Windows 8] should have been originally," countered Silver, who was much less impressed with what Microsoft showed of Windows 10 today. "Microsoft set a lot of expectations for today, but really didn't show that much."

Still, he gave Windows 10 a tentative thumbs up. "There's a lot to like here for enterprises," Silver said. "It's the best Windows for now."

"Overall, I'm very positive," added Miller. "Absolutely Windows 10 is the spiritual successor to Windows 7."

"Spiritual successor." Now that's a name.


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