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[3]: ReactOS
by moondevil on Wed 17th Oct 2012 08:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ReactOS"
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

I for one am looking forward to Win32 becoming legacy and say goodbye to Hungarian notation (which Microsoft nowadays admits it was an error to make use of).

If that really becomes true, and Windows Runtime becomes available for desktop applications as well, that would mean that C++ would be the only way to do native applications with Microsoft Languages.

Adding to that, Microsoft's stance on C support, this means C is pretty much dead on Windows, at least from Microsoft's point of view.

Looking to the past, they may take as many years as they took to get rid of MS-DOS, CP/M, Win16, Win32s APIs though.

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RE[4]: ReactOS
by Lennie on Wed 17th Oct 2012 10:35 in reply to "RE[3]: ReactOS"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

[q]Looking to the past, they may take as many years as they took to get rid of MS-DOS, CP/M, Win16, Win32s APIs though.[/q>]

Maybe more, but that does mean the development of the Win32 API will stall, which is a good thing for Win32 API support in ReactOS and WINE.

Actually, if you look at DOS, Microsoft stopped supporting it, but dosemu and dosbox seems to deliver pretty good compatibility.

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RE[5]: ReactOS
by moondevil on Wed 17th Oct 2012 11:05 in reply to "RE[4]: ReactOS"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Actually Win32 development of basic APIs has stalled quite considerably since Windows XP release.

Most new Win32 APIs introduced with and after Windows XP, are actually COM objects.

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