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Compatibility woes / deprecation (Miscellaneous)

posted by marcov(R), 16.02.2009, 12:37

> > I read somewhere that MS at the last minute broke driver compatibility
> for
> > some unknown reason.
>
> My theory: They broke it to force hardware developers to write only for
> the new driver model, which then forces users to buy the new OS, because
> there will be no XP drivers for the new hardware.

I don't see how that would work. Users are usually not so easily forced, and hardware vendors have competition to reckon with.

Even if, it would only start to matter many years after the Vista release.

They needed a new driver model for the DRM stuff. But the DRM drivermodel implementation blew up into their face, and they were already late, cutting compatibility bits here and there.

I do think they also wanted to kill drivers that were effectively pre-XP, but that worked under XP, to not get caught in such similar problems again.

 

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