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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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by toast88 on Thu 7th Mar 2013 20:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
toast88
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Even when porting large legacy software, in fact, especially when porting large legacy software


Nah, that's just Microsoft with their crappy code with their prominent feature of vendor- and architecture lock-in.

Windows and related software is just such a big mess that it takes tremendous efforts to port the code to new APIs or architectures.

Look at Apple, they have switched their architecture three times already: m68k (when it was still NeXT Step), PPC, Intel and now ARM (with iOS being MacOS X and thus NeXT Step in its core) without any problems at all. In fact, when the first Intel Macs came out, you could simply transfer all PPC applications and they would just continue to work.

Or, look at Linux. People are porting whole Linux distributions constantly to new architectures. Support for ARM64 is already done and in Debian we had ONE person porting the whole Debian distribution to the new architecture x32.

Microsoft, on the other hand, didn't even manage to write something as MSN Messenger, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Office in a portable way. They had to completely re-invent the wheel all the time.

Microsoft simply doesn't know how to write good code, they never knew and it will never change.

If a company as large as Microsoft isn't able to outperform smaller companies and even hobby developers, it's simply put a shame or just wrong priorities.

Stop defending them.

Adrian

Edited 2013-03-07 20:50 UTC

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