December 09, 2011, 11:59 AM — Microsoft is stealing ideas and a sense of entitlement from the overly-entitled-feeling smartphone application market to improve its own control over products customers thought they obtained legally.
One of the many things most people don't realize about the apps they download to smartphones is that many come with kill switches – commands that can be sent across carrier networks to permanently deactivate a piece of software that turns out to be buggy, infested with malware, insecure or insufficiently invasive of the user's privacy.
(Having these things covertly built into paid apps would seem like a prime indication you bought a piece of weaselware, if the whole Android and iOS markets weren't already thick with apps seeded with spyware abilities so extensive they would make Big Brother weep with envy.)
Microsoft, which has never shied away from using someone else's ideas if they offered the chance to sell more software, announced it will build a similar kill switch into apps bought from its upcoming apps store to run on Windows 8 devices.
"In cases where your security is at risk, or where we're required to do so for legal reasons, you may not be able to run apps or access content that you previously acquired or purchased a license for…
I'm glad Microsoft is thinking ahead to what it would do if apps distributed through the Windows Store turned out to be buggy or infested with Malware or in some way unfriendly to Microsoft.