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#1 Beings

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 11:45 PM

Okay, I need to explain. 

 

Windows 10 has to name their programs, "apps" and this complete annoyance. They have been naming their program list, programs since forever and not "applications" until Windows 10. (I am not sure about Windows 8.1) 

 

Why?

 

Why can't they just call it Program Files? Why do they have to call it Apps "applications". 

 

EXPLAIN 


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 11:57 PM

The term app should not scare one off, I have been using it for years even before apples "theres an app for that" iphone campaign.

It seems to have its roots in unix, Apple mostly bases their OS's on unix as does linux (where i get the term from)

And truth be told windows has been going this route for a long time using unix like directories and terms.

The NT file directory layout is very similar to ones you find in the unix world, especially in windows 7 (not so much in XP mind you) so its obvious Microsoft is taking notes.


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Posted 24 August 2015 - 05:35 AM

Beings, it's really simple. "Programs" are what you install under Windows using an installer and they are often referred to as "win32" applications: Google Chrome, VLC, Mozilla Firefox, VirtualBox, Notepad++, etc. while "Apps" is simply a word that refers to applications downloaded via the Windows Store. It's that simple.

Google Chrome is a "desktop app", which means that it's one of these standard programs you download and install via installers from the web.
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Finances is an app that was downloaded and installed via the Windows Store.
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Posted 24 August 2015 - 11:32 AM

Those terms have been used interchangeably for years. My title used to be Application developer and now I'm an Application Administrator. As a developer I developed Windows desktop apps and as an Application administrator I install desktop fat or thin clients, Web apps using IIS or Tomcat.  No people can the low footprint internet programs that run without a browser as apps   (downloaded from Itunes store, Android Playstore or the Windows store) (like was said before)). Programs are the WIndows larger footprint meaning they are install locally. There are also which most people call apps are apps that run in browsers alot written in Java. 


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Posted 24 August 2015 - 11:51 AM

Its mainly apple that has made the term popular again, much to my own chagrin as most associate the term app with phones.


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