Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Sep 2009 16:18 UTC
Apple If you have Apple's QuickTime media player and/or iTunes installed on your Windows machine, you might want to keep an eye on apple's Software Update tool. Apple is once again using the update tool to push unwanted software onto users' machines without asking for permission.
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There in lies the problem; MS isn't going to provide installs and updates for competing products.

I think the bigger problem is that MS isn't going to assume responsibility for all third party software. If one of those updates included a virus or spyware, it would be Microsoft's fault. If a new version of third party software broke on upgrade, it would be Microsoft's fault.

The user is going to equate that anything that comes through Microsoft/Windows Update is coming from Microsoft, so the blame is always going to go to Microsoft. I doubt they want that on their reputation.

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Exactly: think about all the problems with the App Store. Microsoft has no compelling reason to assume the huge cost and liability of trying to become the One True Distributor of all software that runs on Windows.

It might be more reasonable for the system updater to have hooks so that third-party software could register itself (and its update repository on the web) with the thing; this way, System Update could provide an update service for your installed software, without Microsoft having to maintain (and quality-control) a central repository. But I can see such an API being a huge attack target, for obvious reasons.

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