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

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 nt_jerkface on Mon 27th Jan 2014 00:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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In a world of shipping schedules and deadlines I can understand why large monolithic legacy codebases weren't a priority.

Which codebase? Win32? It shipped with RT and just like the .NET framework it was artificially restricted from external developers.

Or Windows Phone? They couldn't provide a subset of Win32 like they did with Windows Mobile?

It actually took more work for them to come up with WinRT since the Win32 subset was already mature. There was also the .NET compact framework.

Let's review what existed before the iPhone:

1. Microsoft was a smartphone leader in marketshare.

2. Microsoft was a leader in portable APIs.

Hmmmm what to do with this situation? I know, THROW IT ALL AWAY. Yes that is what they did. But who am I to question such a strategy. Windows Phones are clearly a massive hit. I even saw one in public last year!

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