Microsoft recently approached Notch to offer their assistance in ensuring Minecraft is ‘certified’ to run on Windows 8, their latest, maligned, walled-garden operating system. Notch, not one to hesitate in slamming tweet-fists on internet-tables, resisted the big brotherly interference: “Got an email from microsoft wanting to help “certify” minecraft for win 8,” the developer tweeted. “I told them to stop trying to ruin the pc as an open platform … I’d rather have minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play along. Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to win 8 that way.”
Software certification’s actually something Microsoft have been doing since at least Windows XP, as a means of ensuring certain applications reach a quality and compatibility standard across the OS. It’s not clear which certification Microsoft would like to slap on Minecraft, or how doing so would possibly benefit Minecraft, but here’s a list of certification requirements for a typicalWindows 8 desktop app.It stipulates 52 requirements to meet Windows 8certification, mostly rules that ensure your software isn’t crappy, doesn’t restart the system, works with 64-bit Windows and plays nice with multiple logins.
It isn’t compulsory, nor is it necessary.
So, come Windows 8 Minecraft will beroguesoftware, an uncertified bison: bold, proud, unpredictable, roaming the digital plains, potentially incapable of supporting multi-user Windows 8 sessions or following User Account Control guidelines.Notch has puteverybody at riskwith his dangerously uncertified code.This is Mad Max. This is the Wild West.