Linked by Adam S on Sun 29th Jun 2008 16:10 UTC
Windows "Microsoft Windows has put on a lot of weight over the years" writs Randall Stross in a recent New York Times blog entry on Windows' legacy code. "Beginning as a thin veneer for older software code," he continues, "it has become an obese monolith built on an ancient frame. Adding features, plugging security holes, fixing bugs, fixing the fixes that never worked properly, all while maintaining compatibility with older software and hardware -- is there anything Windows doesn't try to do?" Does Microsoft have the business savvy or guts to rewrite Windows?
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RE: Actually, this is flamebait...
by rayiner on Sun 29th Jun 2008 17:13 UTC in reply to "Actually, this is flamebait..."
rayiner
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I don't disagree that Windows can be fast and secure "if you know what you're doing", but consumers by and large do not know what they're doing. Nothing is going to change that --- its just the nature of the market. As such, not being stable and secure in the face of clueless users is a design flaw for a consumer OS.

The UI brain-damage is something else, and there is nothing the user can do about it. You can be a competent user, and the Windows UI will still suck. See that Bill G e-mail about his trying to get Windows Movie Maker to work. Its pretty much exactly that sort of think that made me stop using Windows years ago.

Edited 2008-06-29 17:14 UTC

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