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[4]: Comment by Nelson
by nt_jerkface on Mon 27th Jan 2014 04:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
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"Developers were livid" quantified by a few comments on a company blog. Amazing the delusional state you operate in.

I'm deluded? Windows 8 is a flop, Surface is a flop, WinRT is a flop, Windows Phone is a flop, Sinofsky and Ballmer have been fired and here you are questioning my connection to reality while trying to defend pieces of this failed floptastic strategy that has brought nothing but shame and embarrassment to Windows developers.

I have the track record when it comes to predicting Microsoft flops while you have the record of whoring for every single Microsft product and strategy even if the majority of Windows developers are calling it f---ing stupid.

Anyways here is what happened to the developers that went along with this stupid plan:

The rest of us remained livid and went back to developing Win32 and .NET software.

Everyone on this website can see what a shameless whore you are. I don't mind you being a whore for money/crack/whatever but I draw the line when you try to gloss over actions on the part of Microsoft that were clearly angering the majority of Windows developers.

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