Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Mar 2016 20:47 UTC

Tim Sweeney, co-founder Epic Games and architect of the Unreal engine, isn't happy with Microsoft's new Universal Windows Platform:

With its new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative, Microsoft has built a closed platform-within-a-platform into Windows 10, as the first apparent step towards locking down the consumer PC ecosystem and monopolising app distribution and commerce.


This isn't like that. Here, Microsoft is moving against the entire PC industry - including consumers (and gamers in particular), software developers such as Epic Games, publishers like EA and Activision, and distributors like Valve and Good Old Games.

Microsoft has launched new PC Windows features exclusively in UWP, and is effectively telling developers you can use these Windows features only if you submit to the control of our locked-down UWP ecosystem. They're curtailing users' freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.

Microsoft was given the opportunity to respond in another The Guardian article, stating:

In response to Sweeney's allegations, Kevin Gallo, corporate vice president of Windows at Microsoft, told the Guardian: "The Universal Windows Platform is a fully open ecosystem, available to every developer, that can be supported by any store. We continue to make improvements for developers; for example, in the Windows 10 November Update, we enabled people to easily side-load apps by default, with no UX required."

We'll see how this plays out, but Microsoft has a horrible history when it comes to these things.

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Microsoft is dead to me.
by Sauron on Sat 5th Mar 2016 11:56 UTC
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My old classic Amiga's are getting more and more use, as is my old BeOS machine, and I have been using Linux for the past few week, I haven't booted in-to Windows in over a month. Wine has ran several old Windows games I have been playing lately.
I still have a Windows 7 installation if I need to use it for any reason, that is as far as my Windows version will ever go, unless MS backtracks on its current quest.
I also still have several older PC's around the house running Windows XP, they are doing fine at the moment but will most likely receive Linux on them some time in the future.
I don't have any UEFI hardware, and don't intend on getting any! If I can't get a motherboard without it the next time I want one, I will either go without or get a used one that is pre UEFI.
My current main PC is a i7 920 and socket PGA 1366, so is no slouch and will last a few year yet.
Yep, Microsoft has made themselves dead to me! ;)

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RE: Microsoft is dead to me.
by Kochise on Sat 5th Mar 2016 12:05 in reply to "Microsoft is dead to me."
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As for motherboards, I've gone the Jetway way...

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RE[2]: Microsoft is dead to me.
by Alfman on Sat 5th Mar 2016 14:01 in reply to "RE: Microsoft is dead to me."
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As for motherboards, I've gone the Jetway way...

I had major overheating issues with a jetway minipc. Any time graphics were running the tiny fan would go crazy and the system would crash anyways. I modded the case to fit a 5" fan. The thing looked hilariously oversized bolted to the the minipc, but it helped cool it considerably and the noisy minifan didn't peak anymore.

The Jetway died a year later anyways and I replaced it with a much more powerful HP SFF PC.

Edited 2016-03-05 14:02 UTC

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Motherboards predating UEFI. And downloading their latest firmware updates. Before they go off.

This course of events start to look more Rumsfield-ian than Orwellian ;)

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