Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Two good think pieces on Microsoft. This first item is a little technical but a good read even if you don't follow it completely. Essentially, the author argues that, since Microsoft has changed its (mostly secret) application program interface (API) so frequently in various versions of Windows, developers have abandoned Windows as a software platform and are now programming for the world wide web. This is bad news for Microsoft, since it depends on programmers to write applications that make Windows worth buying. But why, asks the author, would a developer write software for Windows when the investment is likely to become valueless in a year or two?

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