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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Windows is hell on a a long term install. What most IT people want is a standardized place to put programs and a standardized way to uninstall them properly. Like a super-Add Remove Programs. Ideally, every Windows software should be shipping as an .msi, just like Apple has .app. An msi file has manifests, contents list, versions and everything. It's designed to tie right in to Add Remove Programs... but NOBODY uses it properly, not even Microsoft. The only software Microsoft releases with proper formatting is IT related stuff.

What people want is to turn "Program Files" into a dropping place for msi packages, then use Add Remove to properly install/uninstall from that directory. You'd always know EXACTLY what was on your system, making spyware that much harder. You'd be able to back up really quickly. If you were clever, you'd even put some kind of "phone home" url in the packages to check at microsoft or at the ISV for updates and pop a flag if one is available. Microsoft has the tools right now.. they choose not to push the issue.

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