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 Mar 28, 2006 - 11:00 AM - by Michael
* Windows slowed by legacy?

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The NY Times say that Windows is being slowed by being tied to legacy support.

Their arguments are valid, but their push for MS to adopt Apple's "who cares about legacy support" philosophy is misplaced. I'd be really pissed if any number of old programs ceased to work (and a good many already have, due to DirectX changes and other alterations).

Windows runs on 330 million personal computers worldwide. Three hundred PC manufacturers around the world install Windows on their machines; thousands of devices like printers, scanners and music players plug into Windows computers; and tens of thousands of third-party software applications run on Windows. And a crucial reason Microsoft holds more than 90 percent of the PC operating system market is that the company strains to make sure software and hardware that ran on previous versions of Windows will also work on the new one ? compatibility, in computing terms.

 

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