Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 19:00 UTC
Microsoft One of the major lacking features in the newest Office: no Metro applications. In fact, the only reason Windows RT has a desktop at all is because the Office team was unable to create Metro applications in time for the release of Windows RT. I often thought this was a classic case of two important divisions within Microsoft not getting along and not being aligned, but now that I have my own Surface RT, I'm starting to realise that there's a far simpler, and thus more likely, explanation: Metro is simply not ready for anything serious - or for anything at all, really.
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henderson101
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OS X presented a new API to developers based on older technologies (Cocoa, based on older NEXTSTEP technologies)


New API yes, based on OpenStep (capitalisation is correct) API specification (which is a derivative of the NextStep API) yes, but the API was not legacy in any way. Carbon was the legacy API. Remember this, Mac OS X was a derivative of the OPENSTEP (capitalisation is correct) implementation of the OpenStep API Specification. Apple then added aspects of Mac OS to it. I used OPENSTEP 4.x of white hardware (quite a bit actually) and I used Rhapsody DR1 (PC) and DR2 (on a Mac, yay!) as well as the Mac OS X Server 1.x releases. Really, there's a direct progression in the same way as Windows 1.0 was (over a long time) was refactored into Windows 8 (yes, the underlying tech is not even vaguely the same, but we are talking about incremental progression and elements of predecessors being pulled in.) The standpoint that Classic became OS X is based on pure fantasy. OPENSTEP became OS X as clear as day.

and so does Windows 8 (WinRT based on a whole slew of older technologies).


WinRT (the programming interface, not the OS) is a specification of how to connect the horrible mess that is legacy Windows Runtime (COM, etc) to programming languages in an agnostic way. WinRT itself is an *entirely* new technology. But the problem it is solving is more akin to Carbon.

OS X improved after a first few unpleasant releases


Depends on your stand point. It's a pretty awful and dumbed down OPENSTEP.

The parallel is so damn obvious it;s almost entertaining to have to explain it.


No, it's not. There is a slight circumstantial parallel, but then so is there with Blackberry 10, Maemo and Meego or any other OS that has any kind of progression. Compare Windows 1.0 to Windows 3.1 - as an example. Or even NT 3.51 to Window XP.

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