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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Yes for updates, no for installs.
by WorknMan on Mon 15th Dec 2008 18:53 UTC
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Since most Windows software is proprietary in nature, there'd probably be too many hurdles to jump through to make this work.

But what Windows DESPERATELY needs is some uniform way to update all software in one central location (like Windows Update) built into the OS. The way it works now is that you've got 9 million programs making a startup entry for themselves, slowing down your machine to a crawl.
Then at seemingly random times of the day, you'll get a little balloon in your task tray, saying that Adobe Reader (or insert name of other crappy apps here) needs to update from to And the apps that do this RARELY ask for permission, and usually require you to reboot the f**king computer when their done.

Of course, an experienced user doesn't install this sh*tty software in the first place, and if we do, we can use an app like Startup Monitor to prevent apps from doing this. But it can be frustrating for average users.

So I want to know this: why won't Microsoft open up Windows Update to 'trusted' 3rd party developers like Adobe and Apple, so when it's time to install any OS patches, I can get all 3rd party updates at the same time. That way, legit apps no longer have an excuse for putting in startup entries, making the entire OS run smoother as a result. I think that would be worth it for end users.

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