Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jan 2014 20:17 UTC
Windows

One more tidbit about Windows 8.1 Update 1 from my aforementioned source: Update 1 may feature some of the work that Microsoft has been doing behind the scenes to reduce further the memory and disk space requirements for Windows. This would allow Windows 8.1 Update 1 to run on cheaper small tablets.

Windows 8.1 Update 1, screen shots of which leaked earlier this week, is expected to allow users to pin Metro-style/Windows Store apps to their desktop task bars. Thumbnail previews of these Metro-style apps will be available from the Desktop task bar, according to additional screen shots. Windows 8.1 Update 1 also is expected to include close boxes for Metro-style apps.

Seems like some welcome changes, but it's going to take a lot more for people to warm up to Metro. The biggest problem to me is that since there aren't any compelling Metro applications, there's simply no reason to put with its idiosyncrasies, especially on desktops. I cannot think of a single Metro application that is better than its desktop counterpart, nor is there any Metro application that is better than similar applications on competing platforms.

Developers need users, and users need developers. Right now - Metro seems to lacks both.

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Better than Desktop
by zlynx on Sat 25th Jan 2014 00:26 UTC
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I've got a Surface Pro 2. Nice machine.

I like the IE 11 Modern app a lot better than the desktop app. I still use desktop Firefox a lot because of the extensions and the data synchronization between my phone, Ubuntu laptop and desktop.

But the IE 11 font rendering is amazing. The drag to go back a page is great. The touch integration is just all around good. Firefox does not do any of that on desktop.

Facebook is another good app. It works really well as a Modern app, again with the touch integration.

Another nice thing about the Modern apps is that they aren't allowed to suck the battery dry. I had a desktop app that went crazy somehow and when I resumed using my Surface it had gone from 75 to 50% battery in 20 minutes. Modern apps get suspended. Actually suspended, if you look in task manager. They aren't even allowed to schedule on the CPU.

Now, on a 30" desktop monitor I don't like them. But if I was allowed to run Modern apps in desktop windows it'd work alright.

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