Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Sep 2011 22:30 UTC
Windows Why, would you look at this. All this time we were expecting Apple to be the first one to flip the switch and limit desktop users to Mac App Store applications and turn Mac OS X into a walled garden, but in fact, Microsoft will be the first to flip this switch. As it turns out, Metro applications can only be installed through the Windows Store - with sideloading only for enterprises and developers (this doesn't apply to legacy applications).
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Animal Farm meets App Development
by matthewp131 on Wed 21st Sep 2011 02:42 UTC
matthewp131
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2011-09-21

As soon as I read the article, I couldn't help but think of the closing of George Orwell's Animal Farm, one of my favorite books. When the pigs, leaders of the animals, have fully seceded from humans, the pigs eventually end up reverting back to the human tyranny again, so orwell closes: "Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."
This is how I now see Apple and Microsoft.

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_xenu Member since:
2011-07-16

There exists a strange tradition of the workers marching past an old skull and calling each other "comrade." This will be suppressed.

Chilling.

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kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Wow. Really? What are these companies doing to oppress developers (which I guess are the animals in this context)?

You know Metro is going to be like the biggest gold rush in the history of software development. Thousands of of developers, many of them in developing economies, are going to make a great deal of money and improve their living standards.

What do you fear will actually happen?

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

A few dozens of developers, in the "top seller"/"featured" part of the Windows Store, will make massive profit, whereas the others will have almost no visibility. Then Microsoft will introduce the "Windows Developer Program", in which freeware will be made at a loss...

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