Making use of more powerful hardware is what SHOULD have been done, NOT what HAS been done (particularly by Adobe, they have used this powerful hardware to add more and more bloat to their apps INSTEAD of having them work faster/better).
By divorcing the OS from demanding applications and moulding it to work with portable, low-power hardware, one introduces a huge gap into the progress of computing. For example, for a long time, the OS advanced to accommodate powerful hardware and, in turn, applications became more intricate to exploit the capabilities of the hardware that the OS now revealed. This trend created powerful and cheap GPUs, multi-core, multi-threaded CPUs, fast buses, fast memory, etc, etc. This powerful hardware facilitated by the OS allowed companies to build very powerful applications such as complex video and photo editing software, etc, etc. Win8, designed to run in "barely there" hardware, forces a veritable stasis in hardware. If it is a vehicle only for the creation of portable, non-multitasking, full-screen apps (and these are the only applications that Microsoft would be offering through its Windows Marketplace), what would be the use for anybody to buy powerful hardware? None, really. Without mass availability of powerful hardware, how are complex applications supposed to get further developed?
Get Adobe PDF Reader:
(36,94 MB) 10.1.0 <- not even the fatter one, the Adobe Reader X 10.1.3 is a whopping 51.95 MB (+an optional 22 Mb of Google Chrome)
and compare it (honestly) against:
They USED to make a "lean" thingy, see:
see the same "progresses" made by Adobe:
and compare with:
And of course the nice Krzysztof Kowalczyk is on the same trend:
(almost anything since version 1.2 is "added features" that are mostly unneeded or "forced upon" by the changes in usage of the "main" tools)
Edited by jaclaz, 29 July 2012 - 01:38 PM.