The upcoming release of Windows 8 will prove to be the final version of the operating system Microsoft will release, according to Marc Benioff.
The Salesforce founder and software-as-a-service (SaaS) pioneer told reporters at an event in New York that he believes Microsoft will not be releasing another version of its flagship product after the October release.
"You are not going to hear about the Windows 8 upgrade cycle," Benioff was quoted as saying.
"This is the end of Windows."
The comments hardly come as a surprise for Benioff, who has long been a proponent of SaaS platforms and other browser-based applications which run on all platforms regardless of operating system. The company he founded has from the start labeled its products as "the end of software."
The pronouncement comes just days before Microsoft is set to release Windows 8. Aside from fringing significant updates for desktop and platform users, the operating system and its Metro interface will be the first from Microsoft to be optimised for use in tablet devices.
Benioff has a penchant for stealing headlines with his comments. The Salesforce boss has for years decried competing customer relationship management (CRM) vendors in his speeches and public comments.
In 2011, Benioff triggered an ugly spat with long-time friend and rival Larry Ellison when he attempted to make a keynote address critical of Oracle at the OpenWorld conference.
The address itself was canceled, but Benioff still managed to make headlines when he issued a scathing attack on Ellison and his company.
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