|Subject:||Re: nothing important
|Date:||Thu, 23 Nov 2006 11:13:08 -0500
|From:||Jeff Shoaf <email@example.com>
It's probably overdue! A lot of the security issues we all complain
about in Windows is due to holes left over from the earlier days of
Windows when there was no consideration for networking, etc.
I would say that one of the reasons MS has always tried to maintain a
high degree of backwards compatibility is to prevent people from
switching to alternative OS's. My guess is that they bought VirtualPC
was to get some expertise in virtualization - I believe that when they
decide to discontinue support for DOS, 16 bit, and 32 bit apps in a
future version of 64 bit Windows, they'll include (or maybe sell) a way
to run older apps in a virtual machine rather than support them directly
in 64 bit Windows.
Of course, this'll provide up a big chance for other OS's that let you
run older Windows and DOS apps under virtualization - a great
opportunity for Linux with some virtualization software (or Wine and
DOSEMU) as well as Macs with Parallels or VMWare.
Anders Jonsson wrote:
> Why would Microsoft drop all
> support for 16-bit programs or/and DOS programs in Vista? What would they
> gain by removing that possibility? Wouldn't that just affect the sales
> figures? If you can't runt your old programs you might not upgrade.