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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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by hamster on Sat 25th Jan 2014 13:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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The Store has 140,000 applications, a large majority (~80% being C#/XAML). Windows Phone itself has about 200,000 applications, almost all .NET.


From what i have seen in the wp store it seems quite a lot of the apps are just the same all the wp trash talkes when someone mention that android has a bucket load of apps for each app in the windows store.


I think the counter example here is Windows Phone, Microsoft bought both apps and market share and now the developer situation seems more or less self sustaining. 2013 was a breakout year for the ecosystem as a slew of major apps hit the platform, and more are joining at an increasing rate.


And what will happen when ms wont be paying devs for developing apps for the platform anymore? We are talking a platform with less then 10% of the marked...

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