[vbox-dev] xpcom on windows

Frank Mehnert Frank.Mehnert at Sun.COM
Fri Feb 20 01:39:40 PST 2009


On Thursday 19 February 2009, Stefan Koesling wrote:
> I am wondering why com is used on Windows and xpcom on other OSs. Couldn't
> xpcom also be used on Windows?
> I asked because VC++ Express Edition is not able to build the com
> interfaces and I do not want to buy the full version of VC++.

I'm not a Windows expert but COM is the 'original' and XPCOM is
an emulation of the original. AFAIK, COM on Windows is faster than
XCOM on non-Windows hosts and COM has probably less bugs. And it
would be a notable effort for us to port XPCOM to Windows which we
would rather investigate to fix bugs and implement new features.

Kind regards,

Dr.-Ing. Frank Mehnert    Sun Microsystems    http://www.sun.com/
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