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What if Microsoft Opened the Interface Environment for Windows 8?

Sep 10, 2011, 22:03 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Dean)

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"Many OStatic readers are Linux users, and are very familiar with using various desktop environments that don't necessarily come standard with this or that Linux distribution. This is a form of freedom that many Linux users embrace, but it has never been Microsoft's way to encourage use of desktop interfaces that differ from the standardized ones it delivers in its versions of the Windows operating system.

"Ironically, in the early days of Windows, when there were countless companies making what was dubbed "utility software," you could easily and fluidly run other environments on top of Windows. Slowly but surely, though, Microsoft incorporated the utilities that these companies made into Windows itself, and most of these companies went away."

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