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Comment Re:For now... (Score 1) 251

UWP is built on top of a substantial portion of Win32. Removing Win32 would kill UWP as well as many first-party applications which are written directly against Win32. But it would also kill server development, driver development, third party runtimes, and a host of other use cases. UWP would need to work for all of those, and developers will need to start utilizing UWP for those use cases, before Microsoft could start thinking of killing off Win32.

I think we would see a new operating system, built from the ground up around UWP, well before we see an NT derivative without Win32. (I would personally love to see a UWP layer on a Microsoft-branded flavor of Linux, though I don't know how feasible this really is.)

Comment Re:Also gets rid of Steam (Score 1) 251

Despite the article, this isn't actually a Win32 block. It's a sideloading block. You could still install Win32 apps from the Windows Store.

Though I'm not sure whether a third-party app store like Steam would be allowed. But I don't see anything that would prevent you from temporarily disabling the block just to install Steam.

Comment Re: Marketing (Score 1) 113

I'm not talking about the release of information. Call that marketing if you wish.

You asserted that skipping over version "2.0" and going with version "3.0" is a marketing ploy, inflating the numbers. That assertion is wrong. There is no such thing as "HoloLens 3.0", and until there is, the only conclusion that we are left with is what the article stated (that it is an internal milestone and strategy change).

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