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Given Microsoft's support for legacy systems, I can almost guarantee to you that Win32 programs will still run. After all, WinXP does a reasonable job at emulating DOS programs. There are far too many Win32 programs around for them to stop supporting it, especially if you consider that if people can't run their applications, they have a good reason to consider other operating systems. If they can still run their programs, they'll be happy to carry on using Windows.

It's no secret that MS would rather programmers use .NET instead, but I think their dev tools will support Win32 for a good while yet, as far too many developers would be very unhappy if they couldn't develop for Win32. Another IDE/compiler would soon pick up all their business anyway.

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There wil be a new api, infact its allready here. The old win32 api will be available, they simply can't break old apps. They've allready announced that it will become depricated though.

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Chris

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The MS longhorn faq mentions that some longhorn components still use win32. Besides that, longhorn will support win32 and MS has always bent over backwards to support old apps in their new oses. Thus I still use windows 3.11 encyclopedia application from 1992 in my win98 and it works flawlessly.

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