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: microsoft would have to let go
by mabhatter on Tue 16th Dec 2008 05:48 UTC in reply to "microsoft would have to let go"
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but that's the point, they want you to control them so they can be licensed. And they charge extra to programmers to use the good .msi packaging tools that only work under the AD+ SUS combo.

on top of that ISVs have their own "tried and true" methods of installing.. think Oracle, Autocad, Adobe, etc. and they won't bend to Microsoft's way, they WANT to make installing painful.

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