Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jul 2012 23:39 UTC
Windows Ars Technica is running an interesting article about the Mail application on Windows 8. It's one of the first party Metro applications, and Ars' conclusion is that it's really, really not up to snuff - it can't even compare favourably to the mail application on Windows Phone. The sad thing is, however - this applies to virtually all Metro applications.
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RE[2]: Too many platforms
by toast88 on Sat 14th Jul 2012 21:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Too many platforms"
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.Net was around for a good ten years. win 32 has been around since 1995 and still works up to win 7. That's actually pretty good support.


In theory you are right, Win32 still works up to Windows 7.

However, due to numerous bugs in the implementation which got fixed over the years, many applications that were originally written for Windows 95 - even if they use the proper Win32 APIs - won't work on a modern Windows 7 anymore since they relied on bugs in the Win32 API.

Just ask the wine developers, they know Win32 by heart. A friend of mine is actually an official wine developer and he has told me dozens of stories about bugs in Win32 which make it impossible to re-implement Win32 by just adhering the documentation.

Same with DirectX. Ever wondered why Steam reinstalls DirectX for almost every game you install? Isn't the idea of a library that it can be shared with all applications using it without having to reinstall? Well, Microsoft is constantly fixing DirectX over and over again that most games will only run properly if run with the DirectX version they were linked against.

Adrian

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