Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 20:03 UTC
Windows For Microsoft, the traditional desktop is old news. It's on its way out, it's legacy, and the harder they claim the desktop has equal rights, the sillier it becomes. With companies, words are meaningless, it's actions that matter, and here Microsoft's actions tell the real story. The company has announced the product line-up for Visual Studio 11, and the free Express can no longer be used to create desktop applications. Message is clear.
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RE[5]: "19th Century Dentist"
by shollomon on Tue 22nd May 2012 14:20 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: "19th Century Dentist""
shollomon
Member since:
2008-07-06

Of course the deprecation of Win32 does not have anything to do with its technical merits or capabilities. WinRT exists for Appstore lock down. It is a business decision not a technical decision, or a decision based on what costumers want. Its based on what customers apparently will tolerate (based on the success to date of iOS) and the fact that MSFT wants 30% of every app sold. Its a straight money grab. If they thought they could do what they are doing with Win32 there would be no WinRT.

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RE[6]: "19th Century Dentist"
by Nelson on Tue 22nd May 2012 15:15 in reply to "RE[5]: "19th Century Dentist""
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

WinRT is an object oriented API with a cross language object model, strong versioning, and brokered permissions. Its not mutually exclusive to metro apps.

In my C++ desktop app, I use WinRT(via WRL) to use networking stuff and behave better wrt mobile networks, data caps, etc. Its all asynchronous using ISO C++, and works a hell of a lot better than writing a wrapper over I/O CP.

Its not ust Metro that benefits, this will make Desktop apps better.

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contextfree Member since:
2009-06-01

But those APIs are Win8-only. Why the heck would anyone write a Win8-only desktop app?

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RE[7]: "19th Century Dentist"
by Moochman on Wed 23rd May 2012 12:24 in reply to "RE[6]: "19th Century Dentist""
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

WinRT is an object oriented API with a cross language object model, strong versioning, and brokered permissions. Its not mutually exclusive to metro apps.

In my C++ desktop app, I use WinRT(via WRL) to use networking stuff and behave better wrt mobile networks, data caps, etc. Its all asynchronous using ISO C++, and works a hell of a lot better than writing a wrapper over I/O CP.

Its not ust Metro that benefits, this will make Desktop apps better.


This is kind of missing the point. MS has completely blocked desktop apps from running on Windows on ARM and in addition they are removing support for developing desktop apps from the Express edition of Visual Studio. So basically they are strongly "encouraging" everyone to scrap desktop apps and move to Metro.

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