What is the future of COM?

Posted on October 24, 2007 
Filed Under Windows Development

The discussion came up the other day about COM (Component Object Model) and it’s future in Windows development.

COM is not dead, by any means. In fact, Microsoft said it themselves in the Windows Vista FAQ. It’s not dead, just done. By done, they mean that it will no longer be extended, or fixed if a problem is found. I am 100% sure that if a security flaw is found, they will fix it. However, I am also 100% sure that if an obscure bug is found, and it doesn’t affect any Microsoft Products, it will not be fixed.

So what does that mean for the Windows Developer? Not much. COM is still a major component in Windows, and probably will have to be for quite some time. Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer are still COM applications. Do you think they will be rewriting them in .Net any time soon? Probably not.

I don’t think the sky is falling, but I do think it’s time for existing developers to start migrating away from COM, though.

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