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@OssoBucco I think the concern you have as an app consumer is relevant but not related to this subject. What you've described is poor support for a previous requirement in new versions. This problem might be a exacerbated by auto-update but certainly isn't a cause of it. This is an issue with the vendor of the software that became crap not with the approach described here. To make this clear if the software did not support auto update you would be able to stay on version 3 and not upgrade to version 4 which has become crap at fulfilling your requirements. However since all future security updates will be targeted at the current release you end up in just as crappy a situation as if you updated. Bottom line is that this infinite version model will only work for apps that are very slow to deprecate features, and have a very good understanding of their requirements. Then it feels seamless to the user. It's worth noting that even google isn't there yet. I've spent the last week trying to figure out what is wrong with my chrome logo, and didn't realize that it was an official change until I read this blog.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2011 on The Infinite Version at Coding Horror
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