The writing is on the wall.

The future of computers is less application choice — in exchange for a safer overall computing experience.I’m not talking about a draconian security lockdown.
I’m referring to the app stores that have emerged not only for mobile but also for desktop operating systems. OS vendors and their stores are deciding which applications can be trusted and offered for download.[ Also on InfoWorld: Get to know Mac Gatekeeper, aka Windows 10’s security model | Why Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever | Download InfoWorld’s Mobile Security Deep Dive in your choice of PDF or ePub editions. | Keep up on key mobile developments and insights with the Mobile Tech Report newsletter. ]
To varying degrees, each online store offers users a censored, filtered experience, from the Apple App Store to Google Play to the Microsoft Store.

These stores normally disallow apps that promote bullying, racism, or hardcore pornography. What’s allowable is completely under the control of the vendor — and banned applications (or banned developers) often have little or no recourse.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here