On April 2, 2010, I polled TechRepublic members on this question:Does not having Windows experience put you at a distinct disadvantage?
I outlined the premise this way:
One of the recurring themes I have noticed in the discussions is the idea that the Windows operating system should be made available to more people who cannot afford to pay the asking price. The implication is that Windows skills are a necessary part of a person's life experience when seeking employment and that pricing the operating system out of a large part of the population's capability to obtain it puts them at a disadvantage in the marketplace.
The results are clear and are likely not a surprise to the technology-savvy audience on TechRepublic. But the results raise questions about exactly how we are to do something about it. How do we get more people Windows operating experience — I mean it has a 90% market share? And is the importance of Windows experience a good thing?
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.