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[2]: Comment by Nelson
by nt_jerkface on Mon 27th Jan 2014 00:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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In my opinion Microsoft made a lot of strategic errors in how they would lure developers to their new platform.


I think the strategy was "make a shiny new API" which is the opposite of what made sense.

The entire new WinRT system was designed to make it as easy as possible for C# devs to migrate, but this move seem to have failed.


It actually wasn't. Easy as possible would mean to open the full .NET framework. Sinofsky however was anti-.NET and refused to answer technical questions as to why he wanted WinRT apps to be separate.

I think part of the reason has been that the typical C# developer does web applications and they didn't switch to App development over night as Microsoft had hoped.


The typical C# developer works on internal applications. Shrinkwrapped applications are still mostly written in Win32 since that was what they were started in. Photoshop, Autocad, etc.

The fact that Microsoft themselves had to make an explicit exception for Microsoft Office shows just how much work they were asking to be rewritten.


And Sinofsky wouldn't talk about that either. No .NET framework and yet Microsoft doesn't have to re-write Office (a Win32 application)? Yea those questions were deleted.

You are right that none of it made sense. Microsoft has been managed by total idiots. It's no surprise that everything has transpired as it has. Developers were absolutely livid during the Windows 8 development period and the strategy of the Windows 8 team was to suppress and censor. Microsoft still hasn't learned that the smartest developers are outside the company. The amount of hubris that resides in Redmond is phenomenal. They really thought a combination of censorship and self-praise would make all the criticism from developers go away.

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