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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RE[5]: Never Happen
by ichi on Mon 15th Dec 2008 23:33 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Never Happen"
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No. They would be attacked by every industry group, trade regulator, and western government for anti-trust violations.

Provide a well documented API so InstallShield and the likes can keep selling tools to produce custom pimped up packages with flashy screens, and leave a Windows release between adding the feature and the actual enforcement.

Who would complain? Other than those mentioned above, software developers wouldn't care less about the software packaging as long as it works, doesn't add any extra cost and is as easy to use as those being used before.

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