Blue Ink said:
How many 16 bit applications do you still run?
Other than very few games I cannot think of any. And for those I can always get a DOS emulator.
Personally, I don't run any 16bit app, and given my idiosyncratic distaste for the duplicate Program Files folder, I would gladly run 64 bit only, if it were possible. But in my line of work I often find companies that still use (and sometime distribute
to their customers) old homegrown 16bit apps written ages ago and badly patched when unavoidable.
From what I have seen (and from what I hear from colleagues), these apps are unlikely to ever be updated: poor documentation, an extreme "if it ain't broke don't fix it" attitude, alleged trade secrets that prevent the rewriting to be outsourced, internal
turf wars and, worst of all, the brand new app that has been going to be released "next year" for the better part of the last decade.
I have seen this kind of horror stories over and over... and I know these apps will be around as long as there is some way of using them, convoluted as it might be. And if this involves not using some version of the OS, then be it. Maybe it's just the niche
market I work in, but I'd be really surprised if it were the only one.