Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Dec 2008 15:10 UTC
Editorial states: "Microsoft (or a really smart ISV) should build a full application manager for Windows, similar to what most Linux distributions do today." Most Windows applications come with their own distinctive updating mechanism (much like Mac OS X), instead of having a centralised updating location like most Linux distributions offer. While it certainly wouldn't be harmful for Windows to gain such a feature - the question remains: isn't it time we rethink program installation and management altogether?
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Never happen
by fretinator on Mon 15th Dec 2008 17:09 UTC
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Windows and Mac are different eco-systems. They will never have central repositories. The only reason that Linux (and others) can implement repositories is due to the nature of Free Software. There is absolutely no way the OS company (Apple, MS) and all of the 3rd-party vendors would even be able to come together to collaborate on something like central repositories. There is too much at stake for these companies. They are heavily invested in secrecy, and proprietary technology - including even the update process itself! Many companies charge for updates, and certainly would want to heavily control the security and availability of these updates.

While it may be theoretically possible, it just isn't going to happen.

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