Rick Brewster Posted June 15, 2015 Share Posted June 15, 2015 I'm curious as to what everyone's plans for upgrading to Windows 10 are? (remember: it's a free upgrade, at least for the first year. available at the end of July, iirc) Will you upgrade immediately? Within a few months? Years? Never? Don't care? Do care but not motivated enough? Other thoughts? One thing that's always been a ball-and-chain around the neck of Windows developers has been the fragmentation of user bases across multiple Windows generations. For instance, if you wrote an app in 2010 then you still had to support Windows XP. Because it cost money to upgrade you couldn't expect your users/customers to have upgraded. Only once enough users upgraded and you weren't cutting too many people out of the loop was it feasible to bump up the system requirements of your app. However, with the introduction of Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade, this equation changed. I stopped testing on Windows 8 once 8.1 came out because any problem that 8 had that was fixed in 8.1 could be fixed by just installing the free upgrade. For instance, there is a bug in Windows 8, but not 8.1, that causes the Paint.NET title bar to flicker. I had a workaround for 8 but I removed it once 8.1 came out (the code was an ugly hack). If someone were to report that bug to me then my fix for them would be to install Windows 8.1 (thankfully in this case it's solely a cosmetic bug caused by Windows 8's DWM). If Windows 10 adoption is going to be swift, and since it's a free upgrade from Windows 7, 8, 8.1, then it may make sense to start using functionality only available in Windows 10 and to require it. There are enhancements in Direct2D and DirectWrite that aren't available in Windows 7, for instance, that would be fun to start experimenting with. Quote The Paint.NET Blog: https://blog.getpaint.net/ Donations are always appreciated! https://www.getpaint.net/donate.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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