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Windows 8 Introduces a New Cross-App Data-Sharing System

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the at-least-it-won't-get-exploited-by-malware dept.

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There's been a lot of attention to the way Windows 8 looks; reader aabelro writes with an interesting look at one way it behaves. The article begins thus: "Microsoft has created a new mechanism for sharing information between applications in Windows 8 called Windows Share. Apps can share text, bitmaps, HTML, URI, files, and other type of data, and the usage scenarios are numerous. For example, the app receiving the information can post it to Tweeter or Facebook[, making] it easy to post information to a social network without actually visiting it." Here's a short (video) explanation at MSDN, too.

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first shared post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499092)

#suckmyballs

Akonadi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499094)

... except on Windows.

Re:Akonadi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499182)

Sounds closer to D-Bus than Akonadi. Or just IPC in general.

Re:Akonadi (1)

HermMunster (972336) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499246)

It's called "the clipboard". OLE!

Re:Akonadi (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499362)

OLE has the problem of having to run some other process's code in your own address space in order to read the data. I haven't RTFA, but I imagine that's one thing Microsoft wanted/wants to fix if they were going to do a full platform rearchitecting.

Re:Akonadi (3, Insightful)

jrumney (197329) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499504)

Looks more like DDE than OLE to me. Hopefully they've fixed the misfeature that makes the whole desktop lock up along with the sending program if the program that is supposed to receive the DDE request doesn't process it right away.

Re:Akonadi (1)

HermMunster (972336) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499812)

I wasn't saying that it was object linking and embedding. I was joshing. I doubt anyone will use that tech anyway except maybe Microsoft. People are weary of lock in technologies.

mime types (2)

optymizer (1944916) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499100)

are obsolete now?

Sounds like a clipboard (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499102)

And what's Tweeter? Does Twitter have competition now?

Re:Sounds like a clipboard (-1, Troll)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499106)

Put your lips on my tweeter, move your head back and forth a bit, and find out.

Re:Sounds like a clipboard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499126)

Looks like a troll got a hold of this account. Recognize the name, dont recognize the trollishness.

Re:Sounds like a clipboard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499348)

Incorrect. Ethanol-fueled alternates between serious posts and troll posts.

It's a logical reaction to the karma cap. Why behave when when upmods do nothing for you?

Ethanol is teh man, you should be honored to suck on his Tweeter.

Re:Sounds like a clipboard (1)

Grey Ninja (739021) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499378)

What part of ethanol fueled didn't you understand?

Re:Sounds like a clipboard (0)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499520)

What part of ethanol fueled didn't you understand?

Took the words right out of my mouth. I have found during my time here that Ethanol-fueled must have a similar cocktail hour to my own. I find that when he's serious and polite, I'm usually sober and appreciate his insight, but when he's posting something a little less buttoned-up I'm all like, "Fuckin' aye!" Often on a Friday evening.

Re:Sounds like a clipboard (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499550)

nah, tweeter [urbandictionary.com] is gay slang for a man (or woman, but this is usually fag activity) that farts while being rimmed. It sounds like a wet 'n juicy shit-my-pants fart due to all the saliva and/or anal lube. It's generally considered rude (do you want somebody farting in your face while you're licking out their asshole?) but some pervs get off on it.

Re:Sounds like a clipboard (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499684)

There are those moments in life when you hit something you're unprepared for, and it shocks you. Like seeing a dead kitten filled with maggots behind the cute one you just picked up.

And this is one such moment! I thought I'd never say that, but now I know there is actually information that I do NOT want to know.

Similar concepts - Android Intent and Extras (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499114)

Android calls them - Intent, Bundle and Extras, better than mime-type

What I've always dreamed of (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499116)

You mean this will most likely be used to still further reduce whats left of my digital privacy?

Hip-hip, Hooray!!

Re:What I've always dreamed of (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499190)

My first thought as well. How much trolling will any Google app do with this? {FacePalm}

A fully automated social netowrk (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499284)

Cool, now I don't even have to go to face book or read face book to have my digital avatar chat with my freinds digital avatars.

It's a social network. The huge virtue of it is human communication at human speeds. not a data firehose to douse my freinds. The less often I have to visit face book to update it the less social it becomes.

brilliant!

Re:A fully automated social netowrk (3, Informative)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499674)

In the end, your application will tweet and use facebook with your friend's application while you can go and do something entertaining.

It's like buying two chess computers so they can play against each other while you go to the movies.

Re:A fully automated social netowrk (-1, Troll)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499728)

In other words utterly fucking pointless.

The embedded video is Silverlight only (4, Informative)

hey (83763) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499122)

I guess I won't watch it.
(Or you can download 312M)

Re:The embedded video is Silverlight only (2)

im_thatoneguy (819432) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499128)

The MP4 will stream. And it's less than 1mbps.

Re:The embedded video is Silverlight only (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499202)

I wonder if they track how many people go to the page and then wander away without futzing with it?

Re:The embedded video is Silverlight only (1)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499242)

Probably. It looks like they use webtrends to do their web analytics, and any analytics package worth its salt will give them a bounce rate.

Re:The embedded video is Silverlight only (1)

mobets (101759) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499238)

Played fine in Chrome (On windows). It appears to be HTML5 video.

It's HTML5 video. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499456)

If your browser doesn't support HTLM5, then it uses Silverlight as a fallback.
And if your browser supports neither, then you can download the video using the provided links.

Wrong again, Microsoft... (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499124)

When will MS work out that what we really want is a simple, stable platform, not more and more OS-integrated bells and whistles that, by the very nature of software itself, must introduce further bugs and resource consumption.

If they want to get Windows to the point where it is popular, ditch all of the ridiculous embellishments and build a core platform that just works consistently and reliably. We can look after our own bloody social networking.

Re:Wrong again, Microsoft... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499158)

When will MS work out that what we really want is a simple, stable platform, not more and more OS-integrated bells and whistles that, by the very nature of software itself, must introduce further bugs and resource consumption.

Not to mention all the wonderful opportunities this opens to script kiddies. Imagine having all your emails posted to Twitbook by the inevitable malware infection.

Re:Wrong again, Microsoft... (1)

Truekaiser (724672) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499204)

Yea that's what i was thinking. it's a interesting concept, but i can't see how they can secure it against such uses as it is designed.

Re:Wrong again, Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499280)

Seems pretty simple. If you're an app that wants other apps to consume your data you register with the sharing service. If you don't want other apps to be able to consume the data in your app (e.g. in an email app) then you don't, and other apps have no way to get to it.

It's an opt-in API for developers and I'll be Microsoft app-store vetting process will ensure that app developers aren't exposing data that the user wouldn't expect to be exposed.

Re:Wrong again, Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499300)

What exactly is insecure here? As far as I can tell you can't even programmatically invoke it, so I don't see how your emails could be posted to Twitbook -- at least, not anymore than you already could using copy/paste APIs.

Re:Wrong again, Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499236)

What world are you living in where Windows isn't popular?

Re:Wrong again, Microsoft... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499410)

Just because you show up to all the parties doesn't mean you are popular.

Re:Wrong again, Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499744)

Unless of course people are paying you billions of dollars a year to show up at those parties.

Re:Wrong again, Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499326)

Personally, I hope that they have 'Like' buttons next to everything in the OS ("CONFIG.SYS"). And the ability to 'tweet' things you do automatically ("Just opened Office...", "Just opened control panel..."). Wouldn't that be sweet?

Re:Wrong again, Microsoft... (2)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499746)

Sounds great. So your wife can read posts like "Just opened gaybuttfucksex.avi in wmplayer.exe" "Rewound to 18:55 of gaybuttfucksex.avi" "Rewound to 18:55 of gaybuttfucksex.avi" "Enlarged 18:55 of gaybuttfucksex.avi to 250%"

Re:Wrong again, Microsoft... (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499574)

When will MS work out that what we really want is a simple, stable platform, not more and more OS-integrated bells and whistles that, by the very nature of software itself, must introduce further bugs and resource consumption.

If they want to get Windows to the point where it is popular, ditch all of the ridiculous embellishments and build a core platform that just works consistently and reliably. We can look after our own bloody social networking.

"But it works with Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, and XP. What other Operating Systems are there?" - Microsoft.

DDE did a job on me (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499142)

Now I am a real sickie
OLE made me go insane
Brockschmidt's book emptied out my brain
Clipboard formats didn't set me free
I'm an MSDN Lobotomy
LOBOTOMY!
LOBOTOMY!

Re:DDE did a job on me (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499700)

Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

(Teal'c: Indeed.)

Making data thievery even easier (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499150)

So now, trojans will have a built-in API to steal your data through.

Re:Making data thievery even easier (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499480)

No, because unlike WinAPI programs, Metro apps will need to request access to specific data caches.

I'm sure the malware authors will love it! (-1, Troll)

Vandil X (636030) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499156)

I bet Windows Share allows root access with full admin privileges, too!

Re:I'm sure the malware authors will love it! (2)

johnmorganjr (960148) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499262)

Even if they do not allow root access, anything windows does do for security tends to be a mere speed bump to slow you down for about 5 min.

Re:I'm sure the malware authors will love it! (2, Insightful)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499364)

Every time I get close to the meaning of your post it slips away from me. Are you worried about some sort of privilege escalation attack carried out by a malicious program sharing things? A larger code base basically always exposes more attack surface, so I don't see why somebody would bring that up unless there was particularly good reason (which I don't see here). Sharing seems user-initiated in all cases, so such an attack would be awkward. Ah, perhaps shared information could be inspected by a malicious background program, sort of like a keylogger for the clipboard? That has nothing to do with admin privileges, though....

Maybe I'm looking too hard. Perhaps your post is just what it looks like: "[words that say Microsoft is evil and will give me a metaphoric high-5 with some social acceptance]". If not, what precisely did you mean?

Re:I'm sure the malware authors will love it! (-1, Troll)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499426)

combine this with the windows 8 UEFI and you have windows Palladium, barely repackaged and reintroduced. "We just thought you'd like to turn on this sharing for windows DRM". GP has a point.

Re:I'm sure the malware authors will love it! (1)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499900)

I can only suppose you're trolling. How could some random (and poorly articulated) complaint about DRM have anything to do with malware and privilege exploits?

It's just trolling (1, Interesting)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499488)

He's not watched the video, and has no idea how Windows handles security in general. It is just generic Microsoft hate. You see it all too often on Slashdot.

One of my favourite was someone hating on Windows for not offering a way for a browser to run at a lower privilege level... When in fact it DOES offer that and IE does it by default. The poster had, of course, not looked in to it and was just hating on MS.

Re:I'm sure the malware authors will love it! (1)

waddgodd (34934) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499556)

It's a variant of the MPP attack you can do now, basically, find something shared by system, and append bad stuff to it. Nontrivial in theory, not so much in practice, because of the inordinate amount of things that are running as system that really shouldn't.

Re:I'm sure the malware authors will love it! (1)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499868)

The phrase "MPP attack" appears non-standard (0 Google hits, for instance). As near as I can tell MPP stands for Massively Parallel Processing and a few other esoteric things. What precisely did you mean? And what does appending bad stuff to something shared by the system have to do with admin privileges?

IPC, not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499180)

At first, the wording "cross-app sharing system" made me think about a usual sub system for apps to share data, which about every OS already have. But RFT, ( or Viewing the F video) made it a lot less interesting. I don't need to share just about everything I do on my PC ( or any other computing device ). I am perfectly aware how facebook, twitter , G+, etc... are amazing tools. I am also aware that if it is free, I am not the consumer, but the product being sold.

The filesystem (1)

sgraar (958944) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499188)

And here I thought apps already had a way to share data.

Re:The filesystem (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499442)

And here I thought apps already had a way to share data.

What, you mean the file system? This is the 21st Century, buckoo. We'll have none of that old thinking around here.

Re:The filesystem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499660)

I'm not sure I understand. Let's say you are looking at a photo in a photo viewer and you want to share it using your Facebook app. How do you use the filesystem to tell the Facebook app that you want to share that photo? Sure, you could save the photo to a file as an inefficient means of transferring the data between apps, but the fundamental problem is letting the app know that you want to share that file.

And that doesn't begin to address the problem of when there are multiple formats you can share your text in (did you want to share plain text, HTML, or RTF?)!

dom

Re:The filesystem (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499740)

Potayto, potahto.

If you want to share your photo with a web app through an new interchange mechanism, you'll have to wait until that app implements the relevant function to access the data before you can do the sharing. If you want to share your photo through the filesystem, you'll have to wait until that app implements the relevant function to access your filesystem.

There's no magic, it's all just client/server code.

Yay! More Windows 8!!! (-1, Flamebait)

linebackn (131821) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499194)

Great, just what I needed. Yet another article about Windows 8.

Re:Yay! More Windows 8!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499292)

Great, just what I needed. Yet another article about social media.

Re:Yay! More Windows 8!!! (0)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499392)

Great, just what I needed. Yet another news article for nerds, about stuff that matters.

(Actually, /.'s article quality has gone up a bit this year. I've been back more times these last few months than in the prior 2-3 years)

Re:Yay! More Windows 8!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499390)

Better then another article about obscurix alpha 3 including some package that isn't GPL. And then the 3 follow ups about RMS whining and responses to why he's wrong and no one cares.

Re:Yay! More Windows 8!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499486)

its almost like its the next version of the most commonly used consumer operating system! I mean, the gall, amirite? Where's the 'year of the linux desktop' articles when you need them?

Uhhh.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499196)

What's Tweeter?
I know what Twitter is, but I've never heard of Tweeter.

Android Intents (5, Informative)

bsv368 (686213) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499212)

I would argue this is not a new idea. The same basic concept exists in Android as Intents [android.com] .

Re:Android Intents (5, Interesting)

Mekabyte (678689) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499582)

I came here to say the same thing. Also, Google and Mozilla are experimenting with making such functionality available to webapps as Web Intents / Web Activities http://webintents.org/ [webintents.org] http://mozillalabs.com/blog/2011/07/web-apps-update-experiments-in-web-activities-app-discovery/ [mozillalabs.com] I hope Microsoft will join the effort rather than making a separate system.

Re:Android Intents (4, Funny)

ToasterMonkey (467067) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499838)

I would argue this is not a new idea. The same basic concept exists in Android as Intents.

Windows is so stupidly far ahead of Android and Linux when it comes to sharing rich data between applications, you'd have to have your head deep up your arse to not know that, if you knew anything about this topic.

By "same basic concept" we could also include "open with X" menu entries or registering file types with applications, attaching an 'open' verb to regular files. None of these are the same, and "the basic concept" probably existed before you were born if you want to be that generic.

hmm i wonder. (2)

Truekaiser (724672) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499224)

this sounds a bit similar to dbus. just more desktop & social media oriented.

Re:hmm i wonder. (3, Insightful)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499248)

It sounds very much like Android intents as well, which is one of the big design failings of iOS (from what I understand). Does WP7 have anything this, or is it missing the inter-app ability as well?

Re:hmm i wonder. (1)

Truekaiser (724672) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499278)

I don't know, i have never seen a windows 7 phone in the wild. it's a rare beast in deed.

Re:hmm i wonder. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499768)

dbus indeed, but that is so old fashioned and besides we at MS being ignorant of cool things other people did some 10 or 20 years ago are condemned to re-invent those same wheels but slightly octagonal in shape.

I know! We can call it Publish and Subscribe! (1)

island_earth (468577) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499226)

It will be revolutionary when it's released [wikipedia.org] in 1991!

Re:I know! We can call it Publish and Subscribe! (3, Informative)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499324)

That's nothing like this system. Well, they're both generalized clipboards, but in different ways. In Publish and Subscribe, "changes to the original published document would be noticed and updated by the subscribers". In Share, the link between the source and target app dies off as soon as the data finishes transferring. No further updates are sent after the "paste" finishes.

Another recycled idea come back to haunt (1)

fnord242 (267498) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499232)

They've resurrected network DDE from NT 3.5 and tied it to a IP address instead of a network share.

This is one to add back to the machine lock down service disable list.

What, it took over a decade for this? (4, Informative)

izomiac (815208) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499252)

Well, this sounds almost exactly like BeOS's Negotiated Drag and Drop [nyud.net] . I remember Leo Laporte doing an episode of (IIRC) The Screensavers where he showed the BeOS, and demonstrated this by dragging an unsaved piece of data between three or four applications and manipulating it in each. But, all I could easily find was this classic scene [youtube.com] from a demo video demonstrating the concept between Tracker (the desktop application) and the Book application.

Kind of like (1)

orson_of_fort_worth (871181) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499264)

Applescript?

Tweeter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499266)

Lolwut?

Amiga had this? (1)

damnbunni (1215350) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499298)

Didn't the Amiga do something like this with ARexx? I distinctly remember someone showing me Lightwave rendering a frame then pushing it to an arbitrary image editor along with some commands to execute on it.

ARexx was primarily for commands and scripting. Maybe they copied the image to the clipboard and referred to it. But the general result was data being shared.

Re:Amiga had this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499382)

Well, I'd say they took a look at android's "intents" system and decided to adopt it.

Amiga Arexx and more importantly the MsgPorts (also accessible by languages other than Arexx) were ahead of their time, but really quite similar to windows scripting host.

Security concerns? (1)

Repossessed (1117929) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499360)

So now viruses can spam facebook & twitter with scam ads?

Re:Security concerns? (0)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499650)

Sweet, eh? Passwords from IE cache, most likely API access for easy posting, and all that without needing admin privileges (at least it's likely, why would the function need them?).

Well, look on the bright side. Maybe it will turn a few people away from FB when their profile gets drowned in spam on a regular base and people start to unfriend them for that reason.

How is this different from Android intents? (2)

sabernet (751826) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499372)

Seriously, it looks like the "Share with" feature in the Android browser as well(which leverages the Intent system).

Not saying it's a bad thing(I love the idea)...I just fail to see how this is a "New Cross-App Data-Sharing System"....heck, if Google tended to play this game as dirty as Apple and MS do, they'd probably be doing a software patent suit by now O_o

When I see both 'new' and 'M$' in the same article (-1, Troll)

mrflash818 (226638) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499376)

...speaking of how M$'s new thing is a better way than using things that exist now... ...I remember Microsoft's history up to that moment, and remind myself:

1. Convicted monopolist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Microsoft [wikipedia.org] ...and their strategy of...

2. Embrace. Extend. Extinguish.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend_and_extinguish [wikipedia.org] ...and then...

3. I silently thank every person and organization that advocates, promotes, creates, and helps distribute Open Source, Linux, GNU, OpenOffice, Mozilla, GPL, Apache, FSF, and every non-M$ FOSS alternative I can think of.

Re:When I see both 'new' and 'M$' in the same arti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499452)

Most FOSS fanatics know that they've lost the war (note: created by themselves) and now move on to the Mac - which is much more proprietary than MS. Just 'cos they hate to admit they were wrong and backed the wrong horse.

Re:When I see both 'new' and 'M$' in the same arti (2, Insightful)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499662)

You just.. Please just stop using the $ in the Microsoft abbreviation.. I'm asking nicely. It makes it really hard to take your point seriously. I know it was all cool and shit a decade ago, but come on.

Thank you.

Re:When I see both 'new' and 'M$' in the same arti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499824)

Can you name any single ASCII character, or indeed any word in the English language, that sums up Microsoft, its motivations and its actions over the past quarter century better than '$'?

If the $hoe fits, wear it.

Re:When I see both 'new' and 'M$' in the same arti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499832)

You just.. Please just stop using the $ in the Microsoft abbreviation.. I'm asking nicely. It makes it really hard to take your point seriously. I know it was all cool and shit a decade ago, but come on.

Thank you.

Pansy.

Re:When I see both 'new' and 'M$' in the same arti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499738)

Pretty much don't care about the technology, do you? Just repeat your mantras over and over and never learn about anything.

BTW, don't ever learn functional programming, Microsoft employs a lot of the leading folks in that field. Wouldn't want your beautiful mind tainted with unorthodox thought.

Captcha is "crusade". Indeed.

Intentions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499394)

Doesn't Google implement something similar in Android? There was an article on slashdot awhile ago about a web version being developed....

"short" (4, Informative)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499400)

The "short (video) explanation" is an hour long. If you just want some demos, they start at about 10:33, 12:19, 14:14, and 17:44.

New? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499412)

And this is significantly different than DDE how exactly?

already have this (3, Insightful)

mister_playboy (1474163) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499418)

I've already got this in my CLI... it's called a pipe.

OpenDoc? (1)

nbvb (32836) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499444)

Welcome to 1992. ... What's the codename for Windows 8? Pink?

The revenge of Taligent.

What's next? Microsoft CyberDog?

Re:OpenDoc? (1)

NJRoadfan (1254248) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499524)

or Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)...better known these days as ActiveX?

On behalf of every trojan creator on the planet (0, Troll)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499638)

THANK YOU!

I mean, not that it was necessary, but this sure makes the life of a keylogging, password stealing crook easier. Hope you don't forget to add an API-call to tweet something. Oh, and if you don't mind... don't make it require admin privs... but you won't, right? After all, what bad could happen from using something like twitter from an application?

Do they EVER think of security before SP1, when everyone and their dog figured the glaringly obvious security problems out?

Re:On behalf of every trojan creator on the planet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499760)

Just to make sure I have understand you correctly, this is bad from a security perspective because:

1. Someone would have to first have a malicious program installed (and I believe metro apps are only available from the - vetted - Windows Store, which should more or less remove this possibility).
2. They would have to then open personal data and explicitly tell the operating system to share it with said malicious program.

Hell, I can copy + paste personal data into malware right now if I really wanted to.

(And if you manage to get a keylogger installed on your system, a) You're doing it Wrong, b) You're boned anyway)

I already have this (1)

NoobixCube (1133473) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499648)

Taking data from one program to another? Resharing text, images, that kind of thing? Isn't that copy and paste?

So, dbus, basically. (1)

Snafoo (38566) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499678)

'innovation'

OpenDoc (1)

mr100percent (57156) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499696)

Sounds a lot like Apple's proposed and failed feature called OpenDoc [wikipedia.org] . Or is it more like Metro, and this is like Objective-C?

Tweeter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499794)

Must be a new site, gotta check it out.

Already there? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37499808)

Isn't this what ODE and MDAC and all that stuff was back in 95?
So that you could copy/paste from Access to Outlook and so on?
And part of why those viruses were able to raid your contact list by clicking a link in IE?

What could possibly go wrong? (2)

Animats (122034) | more than 2 years ago | (#37499880)

It's yet another publish/subscribe system, of course. The new thing will be that it's "social" or tied to every social network and advertising system within reach.

Hopefully it does not continue the Microsoft tradition of executing anything executable that appears in any data stream or comes in any data port. Microsoft has had trouble with that on everything from Word documents to USB devices.

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