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Microsoft delays Windows 8 program after vendor outrage

updated 07:25 am EDT, Thu June 2, 2011

Microsoft delays IDP after vendor outrage

Microsoft has delayed its Windows 8 program after vendor outrage over the extremely tight restrictions that it would have placed on chip vendors and OEMs developing Windows 8 devices. DigiTimes is reporting that Microsoft has postponed its Integrated Development Program (IDP) for Windows 8 over the next two weeks. After undertaking further discussions with chip and hardware vendors, Microsoft expects to issue a revised IDP. Acer is one of the hardware vendors particularly unhappy with planned Microsoft's restrictions.

The aim of the Microsoft's IDP is to create a consistent user experience for devices running Windows 8, much like its has attempted to do with its Windows Phone 7 programs. While there are several Windows Phone 7 vendors, they are all subject to very strict design rules. It is an attempt by Microsoft to attempt to emulate Apple's successful strategy of maintaining tight control over its OS and hardware experience. However, as Microsoft does not have any apparent plans to develop either Windows Phone 7 hardware of its own, or Windows 8 devices, such restrictions are a difficult sell to vendors used to an open market.

With Windows 8, Microsoft was planning to restrict each one of the five select major chip vendors to working directly with only up to two hardware partners on a limited number of Windows 8 devices. Hardware vendors that were likely to be excluded from the IDP for developing Windows 8 notebooks included Acer and ASUS. Chip vendors also did not want to offend hardware partners by choosing one over another, or being forced to work with a company that they did not already have a strong relationship.

Another factor that may have motivated Microsoft to adopt such a tight Windows 8 device development regime is that if had chosen to operate an open program as in the past, it may not have had the manpower to address technical concerns that could emerge with the devices running Windows 8 on ARM-based architecture for the first time.

Regardless of its motivations, Microsoft's suspension of the IDP while it seeks to resolve the issues demonstrates its commitment to trying to get the best possible devices in users hands when the more tablet-friendly OS launches in 2012 as expected. However, it will first need to deliver a scheme that is more acceptable to its partners.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Jeffrey

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    Just like the old days....

    "It is an attempt by Microsoft to attempt to emulate Appleā€™s successful strategy of maintaining tight control over its OS and hardware experience" Once again, Microsoft can't get their sh*t together and come up with something ORIGINAL, they have to copy Apple AGAIN...what a bunch of tools...

  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Desktop and Tablet OS Should be Separate

    Another reason not to have the same OS on both the desktop and portable platforms...

    Microsoft partners for the last 15 years don't want the restrictions on what is a very successful desktop platform. This isn't an issue with the phone vendors who aren't use to the freedom.

    Combine this issue with the purpose of a portable OS (no virus worries, ease of use, etc.) and the needs of a desktop platform (flexibility and power) and trying to get "Windows Everywhere" isn't going to do.

    Ironically, Apple, which really has a single OS for both platform markets them under two different brands: Mac OS X and iOS.

    Microsoft has two great OSs: Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 (and this is from someone who has 5 Macs and two Linux boxes at home). Windows 7 has shown that Microsoft can produce a good secure desktop and WP7 has shown that Microsoft can come up with a great UI with some marvelous innovations. It's silly that the political situation at MS has two different divisions fighting each other instead of working together.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft should stop using Windows name.

    The biggest problem Microsoft have is keep naming all their product Windows. Overtime many partially or totally incompatible product was named Windows (Windows 3, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, Windows Embedded, Window 7 Phones). And now Microsoft will go a step further with 2 distinct and incompatible version of Windows 8 with the same name. They should draw a clear line between Desktop OS and Mobile OS making sure people understand that Microsoft is not promising a Windows version for Tablet who will run Windows desktop apps while both version got the same name.

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