In case you think it's a good idea to build a business around another company's proprietary technology, this can (and does) happen: https://www.howtogeek.com/437372/what-is-vbscript-and-why-did-microsoft-just-kill-it/ If you think this is a one-off, talk to someone who built a company or product around Microsoft Silverlight... That screwed a whole lot of unwise people over.
@lightweight [stares vacantly at the vast number of Unity projects]
@zensaiyuki heh. Yup, same deeply flawed strategic decision.
@zensaiyuki I mean, just talk to all the folks who built their entire business around Macromedia/Adobe Flash. Poor sausages.
@lightweight i tried to warn them but they seem to be very firmly of the belief that this time it will be different, and point to all the assurances Unity has made.
@lightweight it hasn’t even been that long and already you can’t reliably use unity on the web.
@zensaiyuki the astute tech entrepreneur is making a note of all these bits of biz intel :)
@lightweight or the Microsoft phone.
😆 My understanding is that Windows Phone 10 was a decent product, and the thing that killed it was that depending upon how you count it was Microsoft's *sixth* such mobile offering.
Even the Microsoft fanatics I know were saying, "How long before they kill this one?" even before it went on sale.
Great article, thanks. I would add the fact that desktop Windows releases are largely backwards compatible for software decades old. That was part of their desktop success formula.
So as I already said, on top of your valid criticism of the closed nature of Microsoft's mobile platform, they also had repeatedly harmed all adopters of their earlier mobile efforts by dumping whole products and platforms.
@mike @pierrepaul Of course, their backward compatibility policy has a major downside: any forward-looking changes they make become exponentially more complex and prone to having unexpected side effects. I think Windows10 is the point at which Microsoft gives up on a desktop OS because it's just a total mess under the hood/bonnet.
@pierrepaul I won a public bet that WinPhone was going to fail spectacularly in the market. WinPhone did not disappoint. :)
@lightweight one of my first jobs was being the junior dev in an absolute unending death march of a silverlight app with no tests whatsoever.
Kinda feel the schadenfreude...
@codeforchaos I know I do (feel Schadenfreude). People who get themselves that situation - making the decision to build their business on that sort of proprietary tech - are deeply foolish and naive. I feel sad for them, but it's their own damn fault for trusting a mega corporation.
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