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There's also nary a mention about Microsoft's pro-security switch to a walled garden model

Online newspaper Inc. has published a pretty interesting account ripping into Windows RT, which it calls "Doomed".  The author, Geoffrey James, has a big warning to business -- "inherently unstable and insecure."

The author lauds Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPad as the new paradigm of glorious computing and security, while lashing Microsoft, writing:

I used to work in an operating system development group. One thing I learned back then is that any OS that allows applications to modify the OS will be inherently unstable and insecure.

Since Windows is designed to allow that to happen, both computer viruses and the gradual "rot" of the software installed on a Windows system are both inevitable. There is no way to fix the problem because it's inherent in Windows's design.
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I'm a case in point. While I'm still using a Windows machine for most of my writing, I'm serious thinking of "taking the leap" to only using my iPad simply to avoid the support headaches that are inevitable with Windows.

In short, the Surface is doomed because the entire concept behind it is flawed. Even plain Windows is getting so old and creaky that it's getting to be more a bother than its worth.

But the columnist misses (or at least never mentions) that the device he targets in the byline (Surface) is currently only being sold with Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows RT (Surface Pro -- the x86 version -- isn't expected until next month).  And not a single piece of traditional Windows malware can run on Windows RT without recompilation, as it runs on a fundamentally different architecture/instruction set (ARM) versus past versions of Windows (x86).


Surface RT can't run traditional x86 malware.
 
In other words, the columnist's negative experience of getting his laptop penetrated by a "root kit" is drastically less likely to occur in Windows RT, particularly while it enjoys such a peachy (from a security perspective) low market share, compared to traditional Windows.

Another thing the columnist seems to miss is that both Windows 8 and Windows RT Microsoft offer perhaps the biggest pro-security (but anti-openness) shift that has helped protect the iPad -- the switch to primarily using a "walled garden" model of software distribution.  In Windows 8 you primarily buy apps through Windows Store.  Microsoft verifies each of these apps and can yank any app at any time if it is later discovered to pose some sort of security risk.

Windows Store
Microsoft now uses a similar pro-security "walled garden" model as Apple, pushing certified-safe apps from the Windows Store. [Image Source: ZDNet]

Granted, Microsoft does practice a laissez-faire policy regarding Windows 7 legacy software (which won't run on Windows RT, but will generally run on Windows 8) and plug-in based distribution models, such as the Java-based Valve client.  In this regard it differs from Apple who strictly prohibits such freedoms. But increasingly from here on out users will be getting their apps from a single secure source -- Microsoft.

Additionally, the apps in Windows 8 are nicely sandboxed.  They simply are not allowed to "modify the OS" as the author suggest.  Windows 8 and Windows RT have robust protection against traditional attack vectors like memory injection, protections that rival those in the OS X tree.

Some criticisms of Windows 8 have been more level-handed pointing out perfectly valid opinions that many share about places the ambitious user interface redesign may have gone too far.  But some criticisms -- such as the argument to buy an iPad instead of a Surface RT because Windows is "unstable and insecure" -- are simply bizarre to the point where they almost appear to be a comedic caricature of misconceptions surrounding the Windows platform.

Source: Inc.



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RE: You have to ask
By NellyFromMA on 12/4/2012 1:04:05 PM , Rating: 1
I get what you mean, but honestly, there probably isn't a single more recognizable tech brand or icon out there. Even Apple is not synonmous with Windows or Microsoft despite their elite status.

Windows is simply too powerful a brand to let go of.

On the other hand, I have thought for a long time Microsoft should perhaps stick to businesses and make a new 'brand' or company or branch for consumer toys.

No one is ever going to think Microsoft is edgy and cool if, you know, its called Microsoft. I think there's more stigma with that than Windows itself.

That said, Windows 8 is personally a joy for me to use even without touch on my PC so idk, the overall angst I see is almost entirely exclusive to these forums and fanboy's such as this article reports on.

Just my opinion.


RE: You have to ask
By NellyFromMA on 12/4/12, Rating: -1
RE: You have to ask
By twhittet on 12/4/2012 4:11:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
the overall angst I see is almost entirely exclusive to these forums and fanboy's such as this article reports on.


And you wonder why you were downrated?


RE: You have to ask
By NellyFromMA on 12/10/2012 2:26:21 PM , Rating: 2
Did I say I wondered why? No, explicitly stated why, then replied when I confirmed what I knew would happen and made a joke about it. It's still true


RE: You have to ask
By Just Tom on 12/10/2012 11:37:41 AM , Rating: 1
Why do you care whether some anonymous person downrated you or not? This is not kindergarten where mommy puts your paper with a gold star on it on your fridge.


RE: You have to ask
By NellyFromMA on 12/10/2012 2:25:13 PM , Rating: 2
I guess you must think I stay up at night thinking about this crap. Calm down just tom, can't have you stroking out on us now.


RE: You have to ask
By Breakfast Susej on 12/4/2012 2:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yet if anything, assuming you could call me a fanboy, it would be a Microsoft fanboy. I spent entirely too much time, as an admittedly younger and less mature man arguing the merits of Vista to it's detractors.

I have nothing against Microsoft, but I feel I just cannot find any way to objectively find a like for Windows 8. I hold out hope that they will find their way and make a more unified and compelling experience on the next iteration.


RE: You have to ask
By NellyFromMA on 12/10/2012 2:30:17 PM , Rating: 2
Not saying all people who don't likeWin 8 are fanboys of something else.

Just saying, in my experience (I participate in IT, tech support, web/software development for ourselves and our customers as well as personal use in my household and talking with friends) the only time I hear angst its for reasons that really just boil down to "it's not where it used to be".

Honestly, I went in with low expectations and personally think now its better than Win7. I do predict once RT can stand on its own legs the old start menu will be an option again IF a large userbase continues to groan. Honestly, again in my experience, 1 week tops and everyone I've dealt with like its better.

So, no, not saying all 'haters' are fanboys. Just seems that way from over here from the complaints I've heard.


RE: You have to ask
By Piiman on 12/29/2012 12:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
I am honestly interested in what about it you find "a joy"

I'm using it as like you I need to know this stuff but I find no joy in it all and simply put up with it.

The funny thing is that the few times I do go to the metro startmenu half the time it kicks me back to the desktop screen. lol Hey win8 don't you know you're not suppose to use that desktop? LOL on top of that once it does that little kick back it takes several restarts of the Metro app to get it working correctly again. BUGGY!

Its also ugly as F%^&

In short I use it but had it not been for the 14.99 upgrade price I probably wouldn't be using it. Which says a lot since I am a technerd and this is the only MS OS I didn't really want to try or use.


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