Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Jul 2013 15:03 UTC
Windows I have a Surface RT tablet. I bought it because I'm a Windows Phone user, and despite its major flaws, I still hate WP much less than I hate its competitors. As such, it made sense to me that I would like the Surface RT as well - I mean, my favourite UI on a tablet? Count me in! It should come as no surprise by now that Windows RT was a major disappointment, so now that the Windows 8.1 preview is here, did Microsoft address any of the major problems?
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So a lack of OpenGL, no free device, and a USB flash drive are what's holding you back?

For free devices you can request a loaner from Microsoft, or I can even get you in contact with someone I know higher up if you're definitely interested and have a concrete idea. I've seen them give devices out on a case by case basis.

The problem is that with WP7 they gave devices out willy nilly and often didn't see much results. A bright spot is that the Lumia 510 is like $150 and is the most popular Windows Phone in the world, so if you want maximum reach, you should be optimizing for 512MB anyway. I think dropping some cash on a few of those is much more reasonable.

If you're startup oriented there are some Nokia sponsored accelerators with varying degrees of funding, plus there's the MS Startup funds which can probably seed devices and expertise.

The OpenGL thing is unfortunate and the more I think about it and hear concerns the more convinced I become that they need to support it.

Edited 2013-07-14 13:22 UTC

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