1 minute ago, bondsbw wrote
@wastingtimewithforums: My point was that such an attitude reinforces the need for antivirus protection, which is associated with unresponsive systems and nagware. iOS is refreshing because it doesn't need this. Android would arguably need antivirus if it were used in the same enterprise/PC setting as Windows is.
And with such restrictions, iOS can never replace Windows.
iOS' marketshare is crashing down fast, and not far into the future, the Android/iOS ratio will be the same as the Windows/Mac OS ratio. I am not saying the the lock-down is the main reason for this development, but it's surely one of the reasons. Enthusiasts (many of who were once on Windows and Windows Mobile) are flocking to Android, and these people are great multiplicators.
I am pretty sure that the market as a whole would rather prefer to have Android with AV than the oh so pure iOS. iOS, with its strict regime, has no chance in hell that it can replace the Windows workhorse (Apple knows that and has MacOS for serious stuff anyway), Android on the other hand has that possibility if Microsoft keeps the Apple-envy. Microsoft can't be for real: They still continue to talk W32/.NET down, WinRT on the other hand is restricted to teeth functionality-wise and "freedom"-wise, yet MS expects devs should be happy? Hello? It can be seen from Mars that Microsoft's API offerings right now for the usual main Windows-duties just suck.
"Android would arguably need antivirus if it were used in the same enterprise/PC setting as Windows is"
The job of AV in enterprise is usually not to guard the users against installing programs - that's locked down by policies anyway.
It's surreal - with Android, we have a repeat of the classical Windows story on the mobile front (multiple vendors, few restrictions as possible, not expensive), and as Windows back in the days, it is grabbing marketshare left and right. What's Microsoft's answer? The niche model of Apple, right up to copying pricing (Surface) and attitude, just without the loyal well-funded hipsters but with even more lockdowns than the original and a massive FU to the core user base. Oh yeah!
They are now finally waking up and making adjustments (start menu, price reduction for OEMs and stuff), but that they thought their "original plan" would fly was nuts. A non-escapable app-store on a general purpose OS is nuts too, if they want WinRT to be massively adopted in W32/.NET areas and not having it around as gadgets+.