Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Dec 2008 15:10 UTC
Editorial 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: Never Happen
by lemur2 on Mon 15th Dec 2008 22:52 UTC in reply to "Never Happen"
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Proprietary software companies are not going to allow MS to distribute their software, it's that simple. Adobe isn't going to allow MS to provide Photoshop, or any other app. It makes no sense. It gives MS too much control.


You don't need to have Microsoft distribute the software of other companies.

Just have a standard application package format, and have an OS component (similar to gdebi) that can install such packages.

Doesn't the .msi format achieve this already?

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