Microsoft shows off Windows updates
Were the ones involving print spooling showcased?
Windows still rules the enterprise, and among all the Azure and Power Platform action during Microsoft's annual Build event for developers, the company had news for users of its flagship operating system. The first followed this week's revelation that Windows Subsystem for Android is now running on Android Open Source Project …
It would not surprise me to hear that MS is making print spooling :-
1) an extra $5.99/month
2) only work when connected to the mothership as all documents have to be printed via MS as they check the contents for illegal images (no prints of bums on photocopiers allowed)
Ok, so I'm joking but all the people I work with have the 'Meh' attitude when it comes to anything coming out of Redmond. They aren't migrating to W11 this side of 2025 if they can avoid it. I'm done with Windows so their faffing around with the UI and everything is irrelevant to me. And to think that once upon a time, I drank the MS koolaid and even was a certified developer. Oh... how silly I was.
I noticed the article missed the part where M$ already knows no one is rushing to the doors for W11. Instead it's all, Were shocked! Shocked I say! How is that it has taken so long to roll out release for W11 overseas?
Then the say with a straight face there is almost no software available waiting for those that upgrade.
Why upgrade when it's not ready? Why should devs waste time with releasing builds for W11 right now either?
While the Reg could probably get away with running a "Still not ready yet" headline with every article, most of the trade press just desperately wants to get you to click on another re-warmed presser so they can serve another page worth of ads. Most of us can safely ignore this whole release for quite a while longer. My head will snap to attention when M$ starts signaling it's going for the heavy push, at least long enough to block the update prompts. Till then friends!
FTFA: The Store is less popular than its rivals, but nonetheless Microsoft boasted of a 50 percent year-on-year growth in desktop apps and games for the first quarter of this year. It would not, however, confirm the number those apps have grown to.)
2 apps total in Q1'21, 3 apps total in Q1'22 would equate to 50% YoY growth. Just saying.
"Any app," it said, "that runs on Windows, including C++, WinForms, WPF, MAUI, React, Rust, Flutter and Java, is welcome in the Microsoft Store."
Could they sound any needier? "Pleeeeease! Anyone? You have a "Hello World" you wrote in VB3? We'd love to have it in the Store!!!"
...the tech, powered by Microsoft Advertising, will "help developers surface their apps to the right user at the right time..."
Yeah, no, I'm too busy retching at that shameless perversion of the word "surface" to offer a comment on that one.
I find W7 and a VirtualBox running Linux Mint suffices for both my legacy and current needs. The VirtualBox gives me the flexibility to have several dedicated application VMs - and an easy way to revert any mistakes in updates or new installs. A VM can be cloned in about 10 minutes while I prepare a meal.