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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Reality check will come
by pysiak on Wed 17th Oct 2012 14:57 UTC
pysiak
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2008-01-01

Having exhausted all other options, Microsoft will do the right thing.

Whether it means allowing free market competition between both software delivery models or sticking to the windows store model, but making the best of a controlled environment and not being a restrictive douchebag.

On the other hand. In 5 years time, I can't imagine businesses running business class metro apps on windows servers and workstations. They will have to be normal apps and I trust this being a constant force for a reality check for Microsoft.

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