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    This is all a bald-faced move by Microsoft to cut off non-Windows-Store (read: Steam) applications.

    On the bright side, WINE support is pretty solid these days.

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      This is not necessarily about why Windows must die but rather Microsoft’s attempt at trying to kill off the older Win32 by removing it from Windows 10 ‘s’ edition. Unfortunately the article makes the assumption that only legacy software and/or lazy developers use that API but I think even modern toolkits like GTK+ and Qt use some Win32 APIs for their Windows ports.

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        I remember some apps were using it because it let them be really lean in terms of resources. I believe uTorrent was one of them where you could tell a huge difference looking at it vs competition in feature/resource ratio.

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          It’s not just laziness, if you want to write one version of the software that works on Windows 95 up until Windows 10 then you Win32. It’s just a fact of life. IMHO it is lazier (But not a bad thing) to use a cross platform toolkit. Is the author even a developer?

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            The three cardinal virtues of a programmer are laziness, impatience and hubris.

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            Windows 10 S is not even killing Win32. It only permits applications from their app store to be installed. But as far as I understand (not a Windows user), one can convert a Win32 application into an app store application:

            https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/porting/desktop-to-uwp-run-desktop-app-converter

            So, one can still program like it is 2002 and then convert the final application and distribute it to Windows 10 S users.

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            Windows S is bad. Windows S is good. Come on, zdnet, make up your mind and just tell me what to think!

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              As it stands, you also can’t change the default search engine to Google from Bing either. All of this is done under the auspices of improved security.

              I’m really trying to think how this could possibly be about security. There is the fact that, in an non-sandboxed system, your default browser can be automatically changed, but if Windows S is secure and doesn’t allow that then this isn’t a problem.

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                Aside from the clickbait title, the article is nice. Microsoft’s decision is correct. Looking at how restricted iOS compares to loose Android, I can see the point. It makes sense to give regular users a restricted Win S that maybe finally will put an end to the malware infested debacle called Windows. And for the savvy ones, Win Pro is a click away.