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.
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RE: So long, Windows.
by franksands on Tue 16th Oct 2012 18:24 UTC in reply to "So long, Windows."
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And how is Mac OS X any different? Every new version brings the os closer to iOS. Furthermore, the last version brought out "Gatekeeper" which is a application that checks from where other apps can be installed in your mac. Right now it's possible to say "allow from everywhere", but there's another saying "only from Mac App Store", and the way things are going, it looks like it'll be the only option 2 or 3 versions down the road.

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