Windows is too "monolithic", claimed Gartner IT analysts Michael Silver and Neil Macdonald last week. John Stokdyk dives into the whirlwind of online controversy and debate they set off.
There's nothing that new about complaints that Microsoft Windows is an over-complex operating system shackled to an upgrade treadmill that does little more than extract cash from Windows-dependent users.
But when two analysts from Gartner got up and warned at the Gartner IT/Expo and Symposium in Las Vegas last week that Windows was in danger of collapsing under its own weight, all hell broke loose.
Gartner does an awful lot of work for major IT suppliers, and bad-mouthing Windows in this way was highly uncharacteristic....