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[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Thu 7th Mar 2013 21:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
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Nah, that's just Microsoft with their crappy code with their prominent feature of vendor- and architecture lock-in.

Spoken like someone who has never had the task of porting legacy software a day in his life.

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

Do you have any specific examples of deficiencies in Microsoft's design which make it "such a big mess"?

I'm genuinely curious, because it has been my experience that Windows RT has been more or less Windows x86 on lower power hardware. There is nothing inherently disadvantaged about it technologically.

I write apps that run across x86 and ARM without any issues that wouldn't normally exist outside of a software development cycle.

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.

Internet Explorer runs fully on Windows RT, so does Office 2013.

MSN Messenger is discontinued in favor of Skype (which also runs on Windows RT).

What are you talking about?

Stop defending them.


Stop insulting my intelligence with such blatantly incorrect statements. This isn't 2006, Vista hasn't just launched, so you're about 7 years late to the game with your fanatical thicket of bullshit.

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