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The truth comes out about User Account Control

Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system has been lambasted ever since it was launched for consumers in January 2007. Diehard Windows users balked at the steep system requirements, sometimes sluggish performance, inadequate driver support, and varying products SKUs at multiple price points.

One feature that has caused quite a bit of controversy with consumers has been the User Account Control (UAC) that is included in Windows Vista. UAC prompts nag users for simple operations such as going to device manager, emptying the recycle bin, or installing/uninstalling an application.

David Cross, a product manager responsible for designing UAC, gave the real reason for UAC at the RSA 2008 conference in San Francisco yesterday. "The reason we put UAC into the platform was to annoy users. I'm serious," remarked Cross.

Cross added that Microsoft's unorthodox method to stop users from wreaking havoc with their systems and to stop software makers from making applications that delved too far into the Windows subsystem was a necessary move.

"We needed to change the ecosystem, and we needed a heavy hammer to do it," Cross added. Cross went on to say that although UAC may be seen as an annoyance to some, but its lasting implications are far more beneficial to Vista users. "Most users, on a daily basis, actually have zero UAC prompts."

Many would say that many users have zero UAC prompts on a daily basis because they have already disabled UAC -- not so says Microsoft. According to Cross, 88% of Vista users have UAC enabled and 66% of Windows sessions do not encounter UAC prompts.

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By Xodus Maximus on 4/11/2008 11:26:57 AM , Rating: -1
to stop software makers from making applications that delved too far into the Windows subsystem

Ahh yes, so they feel the need to remind people that you only license windows and that you can only do whatever they allow not whatever is possible. Lovely, it seems they took this from the Apple book of how to make your OS unappealing to developers.

Now what was it that makes Windows different from OSX, oh yeah, the amount of applications that run on it...So this shouldn't have any effect on marketshare...

Now all they need is to force(*gently steer*) developers into using managed C# with .NET and WPF. Just so most of their code structure becomes unportable and they feel suffocation instead of the liberation that PC's once had, well done...

*sarcasm*Hope that in a few years, it turns out well for them.*sarcasm*

By Spivonious on 4/11/2008 11:34:05 AM , Rating: 4
The .NET Framework can be ported to any operating system. Google "mono" for a linux version.

"Managed C#" is redundant, since C# is always managed. Perhaps you meant "managed C++"?

I think Microsoft's goal here is to encourage developers to use the user space rather than always going to the system space. A program accessing the user space does not need admin privileges.

By Xodus Maximus on 4/11/2008 12:04:54 PM , Rating: 2
The .NET Framework can be ported to any operating system

.NET can not be ported, any porting would violate its terms of not reverse engineering the Microsoft standard, In fact Mono was warned about infringing on the IP a couple of years ago. There was an MS email posted about it, google if you care...
Right now its like homebrew on the PSP, as long as it remains a hobby thats fine, but you can never make a product designed for the purpose of that infringement. When MS said that .NET was cross-platform they always meant other MS platforms, like XBOX and mobiles.

"Managed C#" is redundant

most people do not know that C# is managed, I was trying to differentiate it from C++, guess I confused more than helped.

I think Microsoft's goal here is to encourage developers to use the user space

That would make sense, but Im not sure all of MS is on the same page, Visual Studio 05 and 08 still have bugs relating to administrative privilege, though they have hotfixes that disable warnings, instead of fixing it. So they are all over the place, im not sure what the goal actually is, probably the usual corporate "impose your will" type strategy...

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller

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