Could Microsoft’s Windows 8 turn out to be like Novell’s Netware 4 story?

I couldn’t help seeing a parallel between Windows 8 story as told by Paul Thurrott in his latest blog post and what happened with Novell and Netware 4. I was triggered by this phrase:

Windows 8 is tanking harder than Microsoft is comfortable discussing in public, and the latest release, Windows 8.1, which is a substantial and free upgrade with major improvements over the original release, is in use on less than 25 million PCs at the moment. That’s a disaster…

What’s ironic is that, Microsoft was the one who pushed Novell to outdo themselves, and they came out with Netware 4, from which they never recovered.  I remember well when Netware 4 shipped and changed everything.

The blog mentioned: “Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015