Microsoft Siapkan Sistem Distribusi Aplikasi Untuk Windows

Posted: Januari 23, 2009 in Info
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software_centerApakah Anda pernah mempertanyakan keputusan Microsoft untuk mengganti nama aplikasi “Add/Remove Programs” di Windows XP dan sebelumnya menjadi “Programs and Features” di Vista? Ada kemungkinan Microsoft tengah mempertimbangkan package management system yang mirip dengan yang dimiliki berbagai distro Linux (contoh APT di Debian, RPM di Red Hat). Sistem seperti itu akan merevolusioner cara pengguna Windows berinteraksi dengan aplikasi, sekaligus memberikan beberapa keuntungan berupa sekuriti karena hanya memperbolehkan pengguna untuk menginstal aplikasi yang aman saja.

Untuk Anda yang belum begitu paham dengan package management system, sistem tersebut memungkinkan pengguna untuk mencari, menginstal dan mengunduh update aplikasi dengan mudah, tanpa perlu mengunjungi berbagai situs internet untuk mengunduh aplikasi yang dicari.

Microsoft baru-baru ini meminta para penguji beta Windows 7, meminta masukan dari mereka tentang “tempat tunggal untuk menemukan dan manajemen update untuk program-program di PC.” Para partisipan diminta untuk menandakan (1 – 9) seberapa pentingnya fitur-fitur di bawah ini untuk mereka:

  • The ability to install a program on my PC.
  • The ability to find the program I want to use on my PC.
  • The ability to have all programs on my PC up-to-date.
  • The ability for me to update specific programs on my PC at a time that is convenient for me.
  • The ability for me to remove a specific program on my PC.
  • The ability to set the schedule for updating programs on my PC.
  • The ability for a program to automatically configure settings it needs while it is being installed on my PC (e.g. there is no need for me to manually configure the firewall, etc).
  • The ability to block a program from being installed on my PC when the program publisher cannot be verified.
  • The ability to ensure that only programs on my PC from publishers I choose to trust can automatically stay up-to-date.
  • The ability to install programs on my PC from program publishers I trust, without any security prompts or warnings.
  • The ability to see security prompts or warnings when trying to install programs from publishers I had not previously chosen to trust.
  • The ability to install a program so that all the users sharing a PC can use it.
  • The ability to install a program and have it usable almost immediately.
  • The ability to install multiple programs on my PC at the same time.
  • The ability to install programs without causing any noticeable slow-down to other programs on the PC.
  • The ability to install a program without interrupting other activities I am doing on my PC.
  • The ability to know that my PC has all the necessary requirements a program needs before installing the program (e.g. memory, hard disk space).
  • The ability to know the identity of the company or vendor that created a program installed on my PC.
  • The ability to find reviews and ratings about a program before installing it on my PC.
  • The ability to quickly find the programs I use most frequently on my PC.
  • The ability install or update a program without the need for a reboot.
  • The ability to have a single place for finding and managing updates for the programs on my PC.
  • The ability to know which programs are causing problems on my PC.
  • The ability to restore a program to its original settings and behavior when it malfunctions.
  • The ability to install a program to a USB key.
  • The ability to discover which programs can be installed.
  • The ability to discover which programs can be removed.
  • The ability to discover the repair functionality for a malfunctioning program.

Singkatnya, Microsoft ingin tahu fitur-fitur apa saja yang diinginkan pengguna Windows dari sebuah sistem distribusi aplikasi. Perusahaan teknologi terbesar dunia ini tampaknya harus bekerja keras dengan banyak pengembang pihak ketiga untuk merancang sistem ini dengan baik, tetapi apabila sistem ini mampu mencapai fungsionalitas yang mirip dengan APT di Debian tentunya sistem ini akan menjadi terobosan besar. Siapa yang tidak ingin fitur untuk mencari aplikasi secara lokal di PC, internet, mengunduh, menginstal, melakukan update semua aplikasi dari satu aplikasi saja? Mungkin sistem ini akan rampung saat Windows 8 tiba (atau apapun nama OS penerus Windows 7). (ArsTechnica)

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