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        Da Boss

        No, Microsoft isn’t going to give up on the Microsoft Store any time soon. In fact, they’re expanding the Store so it includes all Windows programs, n
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        AskWoody Plus

        As long as we can still install our own programs, who cares? Or course no real guarantee of that…


        Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
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          lurks about
          AskWoody Lounger

          If the updates to the applications are handled via the store seamlessly then the store would be a very good idea, effectively 1 stop shopping for all updates. But the store does not have Win32 applications so it makes it pointless to use. MS was trying too hard to monetize the app store and forgot to make it truly useful which would then make using it more sensible.

          The repository system in Linux means one can install software via a repository and have the package manager check the repositories for updates on a schedule. If an update is found, the user is notified and can initiate the update. This makes using the repositories sensible as it takes care of a major headache, patching installed software.

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            MS was always a bit too late to the Smart Phone Hardware, OS, and APP-Store closed ecosystem business model. So MS has tried and failed over from Metro to Modern, and finally, to¬† UWP which was mostly a rebranding exercise. So with MS having no sizable Smart Phone market share with which to¬† monetize, Apple Style,¬† MS has been trying all this time to foist that onto the desktops of all of MS’s PC and Laptop end users.

            Most PC and laptop users have productivity usage in mind first and foremost with the ability to pick and choose what other Applications/Ecosystems(productivity or not) that those users want. So even on the non productivity parts PC/Laptop users already mostly used Netflix/other avenues as well. The end users of the third party OEM PC/Laptop¬† makers’ products have mostly been folks that have always avoided Apple’s walled garden so MS is finding out the hard way that its hard to heard the independent minded cats that want no part of Apple’s/MSs/Any Others’ forced App Store ecosystem.

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        AskWoody Plus

        Apple’s Mac App Store hasn’t really been a resounding success either.¬† I’ve heard a few cases recently where software companies have withdrawn their apps from the Mac App Store, including big ones like Autodesk’s Fusion 360 CAD/CAM software.¬† They were on that store for 5 years but left in 2019 because of compatibility problems.


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          Autodesk‚Äôs Fusion 360 CAD/CAM issues are probably Apple Metal Graphics/Compute API related as Apple has deprecated the OpenGL/OpenCL Graphics/Compute APIs. So while Apple still supports the OpenGL/OpenGL APIs none of newer GPU hardware feature sets are supported for OpenGL/OpenCL as Apple wants, demands actually, that the application/app software support Apple’s Metal Graphics/Compute API on all of Apple’s devices that support Metal.

      • #2063838 Reply

        Big business already pulled the plug years ago and removed their stuff from the store. Well! The whole UWP thing is dead and never really got going. Developers simply keep on fighting to get their WPF and Windows Forms applications running. Developing desktop applications using Microsoft’s technology stacks is and always has¬† been a nightmare, but UWP is the worst of all. Microsoft already moved away from its own technologies, and Github’s Electron stack is their new platform (Skype, Visual Studio¬† Code, Azure Data Studio, name it). Unfortunately, Electron sucks big time. Apparently, the decision makers at Microsoft know how to mess up.

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        AskWoody Plus

        Assuming I gain the courage after some of the Windows 1o beta testing starting after Windows 7 Home EOL…and want to try it legal and safe to try to keep 2 SSD’s on my laptop, using one to safeguard my precious W7 and then..what kind of backup would be best and safest to make sure MS does not deliberately discoover and disable the old W7…simply put a backup in some physically separate extra copy on USB sticks and is there anyway it can be secured so MS cannot find and destroy it? or should I just cease the paranoia and learn Linux…or is it simply to soon to tell? Thanks, Jdywky.


        • #2084116 Reply
          Da Boss

          You should make a full disk image of the Win7 drive to an external USB drive, not USB sticks, and keep it disconnected. In addition, you should make a file backup of your User data on that drive. Repeat those operations as often as you make changes to either.

        • #2084537 Reply
          Paul T
          AskWoody MVP

          1TB external disk < $50 + free backup software (EaseUS, Paragon, Aomei etc) = cheap insurance.

          cheers, Paul

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