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MS on Win10 App Openness

Microsoft discussed plans for Windows 10 app access at a Build conference today reports SFGate, taking direct aim at recent criticism by Epic's Tim Sweeney of the closed nature of the Windows Universal Platform (thanks MajorD). They stress a commitment to openness with plans for an app converter, mod support, and the ability to sell games on other platforms. Here's word:

First off, Microsoft's Kevin Gallo announced a new desktop app converter that will make it super-simple for developers of old-school Windows apps to modernize their software with UWP so they can be listed in the Windows Store app market. Gallo says that there are over 16 million pieces of Windows software that are eligible to work with the tool.

To more directly counter concerns aired earlier this month by the CEO of Epic Games, Xbox boss Phil Spencer took the stage. Spencer stressed that Microsoft UWP is an open platform, where developers can build and sell their Windows UWP apps and games on any store they want, including the mega-popular Steam digital games store and social network.

Furthermore, Spencer said that this year, games and apps on the Windows Store will get the ability to run fan-made modifications and overlays, which is a huge piece of the PC gaming scene and one of the platform's biggest shortcomings. They'll also get advanced graphics options like G-Sync and Freesync, loved by hardcore PC gamers.

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39. Re: MS on Win10 App Openness Apr 1, 2016, 10:58 Verno
 
No apology necessary, I was just addressing his comments about Steam specifically.

In terms of the broader DRM question, I don't have a tough stance on DRM anymore. I used to be very against it but after writing some budgeting software and seeing the piracy rates first hand I have to admit it gives me pause. You always expect some but the rates can be astronomical. Introducing a licensing/update system to counter piracy has made it profitable again. I think its a reasonable in between but I can see why some companies turn to DRM now, especially those in a niche space.

Regardless, you can't use a license in whatever manner you see fit. Ultimately people need to be educated about what they're agreeing to. Licensing terms differ, they aren't one size fits all. Some licensing agreements allow you to install the software on multiple machines, modify it and so on. Others do not. Most software does not operate the way you've described. That being said, many companies don't really care as long as you're a paying customer.

I've had little to no problems reinstalling games in the digital distribution era. Back when discs were the norm DRM was much worse, I feel like the people crowing about the good ol days before digital distribution have selective memories. I can't resell my games but that hasn't been the norm in the PC market for some time now and we get better pricing than the console market as an offset. Bringing it back to the topic, if Microsoft can deliver on this in a meaningful way then I'm all for it. Unfortunately they don't have the goodwill that Valve has built over the years, quite the opposite they burned a lot of bridges with the community so I'm going to sit their silly store out for awhile and see how it goes.
 
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