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[3]: So long, Windows.
by franksands on Wed 17th Oct 2012 02:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So long, Windows."
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But they are providing a way out. Plenty of osx developers and apps do not use the app store.

MS is pushing people hard to Metro by making the regular desktop paradigm harder to use, yet it isn't providing a way out to create apps for an open system.

Apple is still providing a way out. But, as I said, who knows for how long. The way OS X is being dumbed down, I wouldn't be surprised if a future OS X version forced to only install applications through the Mac App Store.

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