Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 22:46 UTC

Early this year, I decided to take a risk.

As a geek, I like to reward those in the industry that try to be bold. That try to be different. That try to leave the beaten path. That look at the norm in the market, and decide to ignore it. Despite all its flaws, Microsoft did just that with its Metro user interface, incarnations of which are used on both Windows Phone and Windows 8.

I was a Windows Phone user since day one. I bought an HTC HD7 somewhere around release day, and imported it into The Netherlands, a year before the platform became available in The Netherlands. I wanted to reward Microsoft's mobile team for trying to be different, for being original, for not copying iOS and Android and instead coming up with something fresh and unique. Despite all the limitations and early adopter issues, I loved it.

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I disagree about the Surface RT
by ronaldst on Thu 24th Oct 2013 01:02 UTC
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Hardware wise, it's good. The OS that runs on it is another story.

8.0 is buggy. Windows 8.1 is even buggier. Even MetroIE crashes now. Which is pretty sad.

Apps which were very basic and bland now have had functionality removed. What happened to the Photo app? Where is the integration? It's still a shitty version of Windows Photo Gallery. Why is SkyDrive inferior to the web version? I could go on. Some apps took small steps and some went back a few steps. The only good app to come out great is the email app. And the new Control Panel. The Music app is 50% less shitty now. For some reason it still tries to play stuff from Xbox Music. I can't play Metallica on my tablet which the music is on my PC through HomeGroup. I have to go fetch manually.

And alas the real disappointment: still no Notification Centre. I use it everyday on Jelly Bean. Even ChromeOS has one. They took the same Balloon Popup from the Windows Taskbar and built upon it. Why can't Microsoft do that same? What is going on over there in Redmond? How can MS fuck up a Music app?

There's only 1 camp to blame: Microsoft.

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