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NewsIntroducing new developer experiences for Project Cortex Pin
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NewsSmartwatch hack turns the back of your hand into a canvas for making tiny paintings Pin
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NewsMicrosoft Learn TV (preview) Pin
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NewsMicrosoft announces Windows Package Manager, a new way to install tools easily on Windows Pin
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kalberts22-May-20 15:49
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I notice how several of my coworkers whenever they handle a command line tool fall back to that soft pleasurable slumber from the 1970s when there was no need to relate to complex concepts such as menu selections and check boxes.

And then, sometimes I worry that maybe I behave the same way: A few years ago, we were all testing and evaluating a large selection of virus/malware checkers. Then MS introduced theirs, and our worries went away: Maybe in wasn't perfect, but it was cosy and safe and certainly good enough.

Ten years ago, there were a large selection of IDEs, with fights among adherents to one or the other. Today, there is no need to fight: Visual Studio is universally accepted as The Best for Windows development. It is safe and cosy.

Ten to fifteen years ago, there were quite a number of open source hosts. Most of them dwindled away; today you don't have to think: GitHub is The Place for both re-invented wheels and everything else. Nice and cosy.

This cosy-ness is all over. It isn't all associated with MS - e.g. Python developers have built their own little cave where they don't have to relate to a complex world but can cram around their campfire with nice friends.

OK, several MS initiatives have failed. Yet, two things wouldn't surprise me. First, if MS have seriously assessed the existing package managers with the intention to make something that is significantly better than the average (as they did with malware protection). Second, that the market will react by falling into that soft, cosy mood of "now we have something we can trust".

In a research environment, changing tools every half year is required to stay at top, at the bleeding edge. In industrial production environment, not so much. So the cosy stability of a vendor that provides the same service year after year may be more attractive. Now that the Windows packet manager is all new we do not know how stable it will be. My guess is that quite a few industrial customers will have more confidence in its stability and long time support than in competing alternatives.

Stability beats innovation. And when you look at e.g. the MS malware protection and the IDE, it shows that stability over time lays the groundwork for gradual improvements that, with time, leads up to good tools.

Of course I can't be sure that this will happen with the packet manager, just saying that it migh go in the same direction as IDEs and malware protection.
NewsIntroducing .NET Multi-platform App UI Pin
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NewsMicrosoft is bringing Linux GUI apps to Windows 10 Pin
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