The Slow Death of the Windows API
Joel Spolsky has written an important document:
Microsoft’s crown strategic jewel, the Windows API, is lost. The cornerstone of Microsoft’s monopoly power and incredibly profitable Windows and Office franchises, which account for virtually all of Microsoft’s income and covers up a huge array of unprofitable or marginally profitable product lines, the Windows API is no longer of much interest to developers. The goose that lays the golden eggs is not quite dead, but it does have a terminal disease, one that nobody noticed yet.
It’s long, but you should read the whole thing. Joel is hardly anti-Microsoft, and he knows whereof he speaks when it comes to building apps for Windows, so when he says that MS’s strategy for developers is fundamentally borked, you should listen.