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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Tony Swash
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I think the article is interesting and raises some valid points but is marred by the general portrayal of the app store model as being somehow fundamentally bad. In reality the huge success Apple's app store, which pretty much set the whole big app store dynamic in motion, is a very good thing for consumers and developers. Consumers were, and are, far more worried about their computers crashing due to crappy software and getting infected by malicious code than anything else. For consumers the effect of the app store has been to vastly increase the amount of cheap, useful, imaginative, and above all safe, software for their devices. For developers the app store, at least Apple's one, has been a huge success, triggering revenues counted in billions and opening up the process to many new developers.

The article descends into absurdity when a link labelled "haphazard and capricious permission of Apple." leads to someone moaning about the lack of Flash on iOS in a two year old article. Flash is a failed technology on mobile platforms which Adobe itself has abandoned and which Apple had the courage to be the first to call out as crap it didn't want on it's devices. If Flash was so great and if consumers were crying out for it then it would be thriving on non-Apple devices: it isn't.

Trying to portray the curation mechanism of the app store as generally dysfunctional weakens the valid arguments in the article because it is untrue hyperbole. The Apple app store curation generally works pretty well given how rapidly it had to scale to a monumental size due to the success of the App Store model.

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