As far as I can remember, Microsoft Windows only had a Telnet server integrated, if we don’t count recent PowerShell Remoting (using Windows Remote Management, or WinRM). Still, it wasn’t SSH. Since 14352, people were finding traces, of what proved to be an integrated Microsoft SSH Server for Windows. Because Microsoft is also contributing to OpenSSH for Windows project, and that it’s getting to a fairly usable stage, I found the inclusion of the service quite interesting.

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For a long time, I’ve been on the side of… let’s say, maybe not advocates, but generally accepting to the Windows 10 upgrade offer. What I disliked from the first moment, though, was the aggresivity with which Microsoft cloned his baby to hundreds of millions of machines. And now, it looks like the Sky.NET has finally awoken, ready to upgrade us all! So, what happened and why am I so passively angry about it? And why I’m writing now?

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This is a story about one of the most used components in Windows Runtime framework – and, from a historical perspective, also one of the most flawed collection of components. During previous months, I had to endure several really unpleasant encounters with this devil of a component, whether it was imperfect implementation or missing features… So, in this article, I’ll attempt to outline at least some of these.

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NOTE: this was supposed to be released months ago. I just found it in my drafts.

A lot has been written on the subject of Jim Sweeney, the CEO of Epic Games. He presented some very (for the Windows community) outrageous cricitism based on a theory that UWP ecosystem is, in fact, locked down, and that Win32 applications do not have these restrictions.

Well, let me tell you something, and some of you won’t like it. (You know that I try to advocate MS sometimes.) That guy has a point.

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