About five years ago, if you had asked me if I wanted or needed native apps, I would have answered with a resounding “yes.” However, things have changed. With significant changes to how we connect to the internet, how much data we can store on our servers, and how we all use the internet, cloud computing is becoming increasingly popular.
So, with all of these changes, I want to talk about how Microsoft, the world’s most popular operating system company, could eventually kill off Windows, their most popular product.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
Who would have thought that one of the biggest names in video game hardware would try to undervalue their product completely? Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is trying to do just that. You don’t need standard PC hardware like an i7, Nvidia 3080, 128GB of RAM, or PCIe Gen 5 SSDs to play games anymore. You don’t even really need a standard operating system.
When Halo Infinite came out for Xbox Series X a few months ago, it also came out for Xbox Game Pass. I was able to sign up for the service (it cost me $1 at the time), login on to my 2019 Android phone, and stream the game’s high-quality visuals to my cellphone with few to no severe performance problems.
If that doesn’t say Windows is dead, I don’t know what does. Xbox Game Pass has a lot of value, and it’s not even bad for Windows until you realize that you don’t even need a Windows device to use it!
I’ve played many other games besides Halo Infinite, like Battle Toads, Gears of War, Halo Wars, and even Forza! It seems like only a matter of time before more and more gamers realize that they don’t need to play games on Windows anymore.
The Cloud Office
If Windows is Microsoft’s most well-known product ever, then Microsoft Office and the hardware that goes with it are probably their second most well-known product ever. People don’t tell you to open a word processor or a spreadsheet; they ask you to spread Word and Excel.
Even if you’re a big fan of Google Drive and use its services much more, it’s hard not to notice how good Microsoft’s cloud services are. Whether you want to work on some articles in Word or make a complete diagram in Microsoft Visio, the cloud solutions for Microsoft Office are getting close to having the same features.
They don’t require any downloads and can be easily moved from one computer to the next. You don’t have to worry about whether or not your files are synced with OneDrive. Instead, you can quickly get to all of your files from any device with a browser.
Windows users are having a hard time because Microsoft keeps moving its platform to the cloud. After decades of dominance, other operating systems are starting to look good.
I used to love Windows, but as I’ve become more involved in the Google ecosystem, I’ve wondered if I even need a Windows-based device. That said, I think Microsoft is even admitting that they might lose now.
As more and more platforms and solutions are built into a web page, more and more people will start to wonder if it matters what OS they use. This is what I think about how Microsoft is slowly killing off its most successful product after dominating the market for decades.
Now I want to hear what you all think. Will Windows still be the most popular operating system in the future? Will operating systems even be a thing in five years? Share your ideas and thoughts in the space below!