GADS OS on the Desktop

by ronfluegge 13. March 2019 17:20

GADS OS is a desktop application.  Ever wonder why?  Are we the only ones who have desktop applications?

Millions of developers develop and maintain Windows Forms (desktop) applications. According to Microsoft, over two million developers actively work on Windows Forms applications every month, and we're some of them.

The fact is, some applications still can’t be done well in a browser. In fact, we have a whole team at the GADS Open Source Project that specializes in high-performance desktop work and does quite well because they can do some amazing things that can’t be achieved with other technologies. We’ve been taking advantage of the Windows built-in .NET Framework to write libraries for our GADS OS desktop apps for a while now, and the apps themselves have required the full framework, installers, and everything that goes with fat client, native desktop applications.

The problem is that Web apps are browser-based, not browser agnostic.  A browser-agnostic Web application should work on Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera or any other browser equally well, but that's not always the case or possible.  All the features and capabilities that make today's browsers so powerful and complex also cause some problems for users.

Issues such as plug-ins, security settings and version requirements mean that managing browsers can be a lot of work. With large enterprise line-of-business applications like GADS data reporting and analysis, the problem of browser compatibility compounds.

Microsoft's Windows 7 has one year of free support left

by ronfluegge 14. January 2019 09:25

One year from today -- on January 14, 2020 -- Microsoft's support for Windows 7 will cease. That means no more updates or fixes, including security fixes after that date, which is the first Patch Tuesday of 2020, unless a customer pays.

Windows 8.1 customers will continue to get security updates from Microsoft for free until January 10, 2023. 

Windows 7's retirement in 2020

by ronfluegge 6. February 2018 19:29

Jan. 14, 2020 - Microsoft will retire Windows 7 from support, marking the general deadline for enterprises to replace that OS with Windows 10.

There will undoubtedly be laggards – as there were when Windows XP got the axe in April 2014 – and some companies will likely pay to extend support, assuming Microsoft offers what it calls "Premium Assurance" for Windows 7. Currently, Premium Assurance is limited to Windows Server and SQL Server licenses. But Microsoft has just announced that it offers "an option for an additional paid extension for eligible volume licensing customers" for "some versions" of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

With that in place – and the strong likelihood that massive numbers of Windows 7 machines will still be in place at this date – Computerworld thinks it's inevitable that Microsoft will dangle a more-money-for-more-support deal in front of organizations unable to dump Windows 7 by the deadline.


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