Joel on Microsoft loosing API War

Yesterday I picked up a very interesting article from Joel.
Joel on Software - How Microsoft Lost the API War

Short: He talks about what Microsofts strength had been until a decision was met, that they dump backwards compatibility.

Microsoft grow big because almost all old software was able to run even on the most recent operating system thanks to Raymond Chen and the guys around him.
And now they have decided to drop backwards compatibility with that .NET stuff.

What I miss a bit in Joels article is what he thinks what effects this can have to the IT world.
But I think he'll get loads of email on this article and will soon post a follow-up with some comments.


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