Linked by Kyuss on Mon 13th May 2013 01:31 UTC
Microsoft "Most people understand that Windows is used by a variety of people who have a variety of needs, ranging from corporate server to workstation to POS terminals to home PC and beyond. Most people accept that whenever Microsoft updates Windows, it has to balance the competing requirements to find some kind of workable compromise. There is however another set of competing requirements that many do not really register, even those that call themselves power users or are IT admins. It is a conflict between developers/programmers and Microsoft itself."
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The article makes it sound like this is the first transition done.

Mac OS9 --> OSX
required complete rewrites of almost all its apps

MSDOS --> Windows
this also included the move from CL to GUI

Microsoft has actually been very canny in this transition. The reality is, they don't care nor need to care about indy developers. They never have. The point of maintaining compatibility for all these years was enterprise. Enterprise are suddenly hitting that big cliff of XP's EOL.

Microsoft know as well as the rest of us that when these corporations upgrade, they are still the only viable option (no, linux without office is a non-starter and OSX requires breaking their hardware support contracts)

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