Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Nov 2009 09:31 UTC
Windows Last week, security vendor Sophos published a blog post in which it said that Windows 7 was vulnerable to 8 our of 10 of the most common viruses. Microsoft has responded to these test results, which are a classic case of "scare 'm and they'll fall in line".
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We talk about backwards compatibility as if it's a simple package that comes with an InstallShield uninstaller, but in reality we have no idea how entrenched "backwards compatibility" is into the operating system.

Very entrenched. All that should be scrapped for good. The ugly useless stuff should be left to run in a virtual machine with a Windows XP provided copy. They could cut a sizeable chunk of useless crap code out of the OS, not maintain it anymore and live it where it belongs.

I'm sure just about every engineer inside Microsoft wants to do just that, but this isn't Apple we're talking about - it's Microsoft. They are treated differently because of their market position, and can't just do the kind of cut-throat code cutting Apple can do.

Sure they can, as long as they provide a way for existing software to keep running.

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