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[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Wed 17th Oct 2012 15:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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"Anyone who thinks the desktop is going to disappear any time soon is a complete fool and anyone with any common sense already knows that."

Define "soon", the article is actually looking some 20 years ahead. The article is really worth reading in it's entirety since it gives a lot of historical context that should not be ignored, but the following quote seems especially relevant here:

I didn't reference the article specifically as my comment was intended to be taken in general. Some people seem to think the Windows desktop could and will vanish at any point. Also, I can't imagine why the definition of "soon" would need to be clarified but I guess I'll play along:

adverb, soon·er, soon·est.

1. within a short period after this or that time, event, etc.: We shall know soon after he calls.

2. before long; in the near future; at an early date: Let's leave soon.

3. promptly or quickly: He came as soon as he could.

4. readily or willingly: I would as soon walk as ride.

5. early in a period of time; before the time specified is much advanced: soon at night; soon in the evening.

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