Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/149973/htg-explains-which-computing-platforms-are-open-and-which-are-closed/
The last few years have seen the rise of closed platforms — operating systems that only allow you to install software approved by the operating system’s developer. However, many popular platforms — even mobile ones — are still open platforms.
Great article, it addresses one of my biggest concerns about Windows 8 - the trend toward a closed Windows OS.
I agree - a much needed discussion with a few surprises even for me! Well done!
open= considered for purchase
closed=NO SALE *EVER*
About how windows 8 is becoming closed: Metro apps violate the name of the OS. Why was Windows called what it was? Because Windows were so important. Now there aren't windows in metro, so unless you're changing the name to Panels, Microsoft, you better keep the "legacy" desktop.
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