In Steve Jobs’s eras as CEO, Apple reflected his character and qualities. That was thrilling in most ways, because he demanded something close to perfection. But then the underdog revolutionized mobile computing and became the winner—one day we all realized it was one of the planet’s most powerful, profitable and valuable companies. Apple became the kind of company I prefer not to support: control-freakish to a fault with customers, software developers and the press; and, I came to believe, even dangerous to the future of open networks and user-controlled technology.
At the same time, Google and Facebook, among others, were emerging as powers of a different kind: centralized entities that use surveillance as a business model, stripping away our privacy in return for the great convenience they provide. Our mobile devices—and even our PCs, the key tools for tech liberty in earlier decades—increasingly came with restrictions on how we could use them.
On Wednesday, Microsoft Corp. reinforced its commitment to cross-platform developer experiences by open sourcing the full server-side .NET stack and expanding .NET to run on the Linux and Mac OS platforms. Microsoft also released Visual Studio Community 2013, a new free edition of Visual Studio that provides easy access to the Visual Studio core toolset. The announcements kicked off Microsoft’s Connect (); event, where the company released Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 2015 Preview.
Hoje a Microsoft encerra o suporte para o Windows XP, Office 2003 e Internet Explorer 6, 7 e 8. Ainda assim o desaparecimento destas versões está longe de acontecer: 95% dos ATMs do mundo ainda usam Windows XP e alguns países estão pagando pela extensão do suporte aos seus sistemas governamentais; o Reino Unido pagou 5 milhões de libras por mais um ano e a Holanda também negocia um acordo semelhante.
Da minha parte, nos sistemas e websites que desenvolvo, não vou mais garantir compatibilidade com IE 6 e 7.
Windows XP, son of Windows NT4 and Windows ME, has died this morning after a long battle with multiple viral infections.
Windows XP was born in Redmond, WA in October of 2001 as the middle child of 3. At an early age, XP (as he liked to be called) showed great strength and promise as the most gifted of the Windows family. XP looked up to his older sister, Windows 2000, who taught him the ways of the operating system. When his younger brother with development disabilities was born, Windows Vista, he was always willing to bear the load to help keep the family together. Though never married, XP would later adopt a child, Windows 7, to carry on the proud family traditions and preserve the Windows family legacy. XP served as family patriarch when the Windows family settled their long feud with the Macintosh family.
In his later years, XP began to suffer from long term health complications to internet exposure. Born without ASLR or DEP (though which doctors were eventually to implant), XP was unable to fight off the multiple viral infections which would later claim its life.
XP is survived by his son, Windows 7, and his grandsons Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. (Reddit)