Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Dec 2008 15:10 UTC
Editorial InternetNews.com states: "Microsoft (or a really smart ISV) should build a full application manager for Windows, similar to what most Linux distributions do today." Most Windows applications come with their own distinctive updating mechanism (much like Mac OS X), instead of having a centralised updating location like most Linux distributions offer. While it certainly wouldn't be harmful for Windows to gain such a feature - the question remains: isn't it time we rethink program installation and management altogether?
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RE[3]: Never Happen
by _txf_ on Mon 15th Dec 2008 21:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Never Happen"
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2008-03-17

Microsoft could institute a "my way or the highway" . They certainly have the power to do so, and have attempted to before (UAC comes to mind). Whilst this has had mixed results, eventually developers will get the idea (however much they complain) and eventually in one or two windows releases nobody will be complaining anymore.

Apps that still refuse will eventually become an annoyance in the eyes of users who see an easy centralized system as opposed to having to dig through the web to find prog X for task X.

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RE[4]: Never Happen
by BluenoseJake on Mon 15th Dec 2008 22:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Never Happen"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Microsoft could institute a "my way or the highway" . They certainly have the power to do so


No. They would be attacked by every industry group, trade regulator, and western government for anti-trust violations.

It would be bloody, quick and painful.

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RE[5]: Never Happen
by ichi on Mon 15th Dec 2008 23:33 in reply to "RE[4]: Never Happen"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

No. They would be attacked by every industry group, trade regulator, and western government for anti-trust violations.


Provide a well documented API so InstallShield and the likes can keep selling tools to produce custom pimped up packages with flashy screens, and leave a Windows release between adding the feature and the actual enforcement.

Who would complain? Other than those mentioned above, software developers wouldn't care less about the software packaging as long as it works, doesn't add any extra cost and is as easy to use as those being used before.

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