Originally Posted by XenoRad
If Dx11 will be exclusive to Windows 7 the whole mess will happen again. Just imagine it: People running Xp with Dx9, Vista with Dx10.1 and Windows 7 with Dx11 - good luck developers trying to figure out which version to support.
M$ only has one or two major releases left before their market dominance becomes a memory. By the time Window 7 hits the market, many businesses will be using Ubuntu for there desktop computing needs in addition to other Linux distros on their servers. The adoption of x86 architecture for every major platform has pretty much guaranteed a gradual diminishing of the importance of the operating system which can be augmented with compatibility layers and virtual machines.
In other words M$'s real competitor is Google. That's why they have been trying to takeover Yahoo, the operating system may be a dead market in twenty years, but the Internet is here to stay.