InfoWorld’s Randall C. Kennedy argues that a world without Windows would not be the developer utopia that open-source advocates suggest. He writes, “Rather than freeing IT, the demise of Microsoft would plunge the industry into an apocalyptic tailspin of biblical proportions.”
Why? Several reasons. First, he believes that there would be no consistency in client applications. Second, he argues that “bloody purges and API turf wars” would shape the new standards for developer tools. Finally, he predicts that the demise of Windows would result in chaos in the hardware ecosystem.