Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 6th Jan 2013 23:00 UTC
Windows "It's taken longer than expected but it has finally happened: unsigned desktop applications run on Windows RT. Ironically, a vulnerability in the Windows kernel that has existed for some time and got ported to ARM just like the rest of Windows made this possible. MSFT's artificial incompatibility does not work because Windows RT is not in any way reduced in functionality. It's a clean port, and a good one. But deep in the kernel, in a hashed and signed data section protected by UEFI's Secure Boot, lies a byte that represents the minimum signing level." Good stuff. Very good stuff.
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ze_jerkface
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2012-06-22

I don't believe the transition will be complete until WinRT completely replaces Win32, but it will eventually happen.


Win32 will never be replaced. It will be here as long as computers exist.

There are millions of lines of Win32 that no one even understands. The people who wrote them are all dead or retired. Do you want to go step through black box code that helps a machine process ore? Of course not which is why Win32 isn't going anywhere. Even if Microsoft went tits up Win32 be duped and supported. Win32 is needed more by society than Microsoft.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


Win32 will never be replaced. It will be here as long as computers exist.

There are millions of lines of Win32 that no one even understands. The people who wrote them are all dead or retired. Do you want to go step through black box code that helps a machine process ore? Of course not which is why Win32 isn't going anywhere. Even if Microsoft went tits up Win32 be duped and supported. Win32 is needed more by society than Microsoft.


Sorry, but judging from your last comment, I refuse to even acknowledge you have a shred of insight on anything pertaining to this topic.

Legacy will likely remain in Windows 8, but Windows RT is unmistakably Microsoft's OS moving forward.

Sure, many, many years down the line there will be an incarnation of Windows that ships with Win32, but it won't be consumer facing.

Microsoft is positioning the Windows Runtime as the replacement for Win32, and by forcing Windows Store apps to only use the Windows Runtime, it is guiding developers through that transition gradually.

You not being able to see the tea leaves doesn't really matter.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Nelson,

Just my opinion mind you, but I think Microsoft will likely continue to keep win32s if only because 3rd party proprietary win32 applications are the strongest drivers of their market share. Maybe that will change, but I see no indication that a change is taking place today with winrt.

If MS did choose to abandon win32s all together, I suspect most commercial developers would rewrite their software using a portable toolkit and thus mark the end of microsoft's effective desktop monopoly.

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