Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 15:47 UTC
Windows Casey Muratori dissects the consequences of Windows 8's closed distribution model. "But how realistic is the assumption that the Windows desktop will still be a usable computing platform in the future? And what would be the consequences were it to disappear, leaving Windows users with only the closed software ecosystem introduced in Windows 8? To answer these questions, this volume of Critical Detail examines the immediate and future effects of Microsoft's current certification requirements, explores in depth what history predicts for the lifespan of the classic Windows desktop, and takes a pragmatic look at whether an open or closed ecosystem would be better for Microsoft as a company." The section that details how none - none - of this year's greatest games (or last year's fantastic Skyrim) and only one of this year's Emmy-nominated TV shows pass Microsoft's rules sent chills down my spine.
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RE: Vote with your Wallet
by Morgan on Tue 16th Oct 2012 23:00 UTC in reply to "Vote with your Wallet"
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But, what happens when Microsoft stops selling licenses for Windows 7 and earlier? That "clean" machine you just bought is now limited to Windows 8+ for a Microsoft OS.

I don't disagree with you; indeed I prefer to buy off-lease business machines for the reliability, and so that I can install what I want. But there will come a time when Microsoft will no longer offer licenses for Windows 7, and it may be sooner than you think given their aggressive push to version 8.

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RE[2]: Vote with your Wallet
by Lennie on Wed 17th Oct 2012 01:03 in reply to "RE: Vote with your Wallet"
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That will happen soon enough ? In a year ?

Because this is their deadline:

Mainstream support until January 13, 2015

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RE[3]: Vote with your Wallet
by Morgan on Wed 17th Oct 2012 04:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Vote with your Wallet"
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You may be right. For Vista, end of retail sales was nearly two years before end of mainstream support. For XP, it was less than a year.

So far Microsoft says "to be determined" for an end of sales date for 7, but based on their current pattern, I can see them dropping sales of 7 any day now.

Then again, they know for a fact that 7 is the best OS they've ever put out, and while they may be betting the farm on 8, I have a feeling they may keep 7 alive long enough to gauge the market for 8. We may still be able to purchase 7 for a few more years yet.

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Edited 2012-10-17 04:35 UTC

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