Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 15:47 UTC
Windows Casey Muratori dissects the consequences of Windows 8's closed distribution model. "But how realistic is the assumption that the Windows desktop will still be a usable computing platform in the future? And what would be the consequences were it to disappear, leaving Windows users with only the closed software ecosystem introduced in Windows 8? To answer these questions, this volume of Critical Detail examines the immediate and future effects of Microsoft's current certification requirements, explores in depth what history predicts for the lifespan of the classic Windows desktop, and takes a pragmatic look at whether an open or closed ecosystem would be better for Microsoft as a company." The section that details how none - none - of this year's greatest games (or last year's fantastic Skyrim) and only one of this year's Emmy-nominated TV shows pass Microsoft's rules sent chills down my spine.
Permalink for comment 538728
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
I doubt games would be banned
by Yamin on Tue 16th Oct 2012 18:03 UTC
Yamin
Member since:
2006-01-10

I understand the author's point and agree with it. It's just the gaming example really doesn't resonate.

Does anyone seriously believe Microsoft is going to ban all adult games? More than likely, they are bringing in their app-store and are unsure what to do with adult content. Do they have parental controls? Is there a separate repository for sensitive content...? What are the legal consequences...? All unanswered questions that I'm sure they're going through and will make available in due time. They don't NEED to do it now as they have a compatibility mode for current applications. You really don't want to allow things, and then break them later.

I think it is clear that Microsoft is moving towards a more controlled eco-system. Getting it right will be just as determining as the technology itself.

But I think the author is jumping the gun a bit. We're not even at the first version of Windows 8. They could certainly screw it up. They could also find a nice balance.

Reply Score: 3