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[6]: Comment by Nelson
by nt_jerkface on Tue 28th Jan 2014 00:09 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Nelson"
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This little habbit you have about speaking for developers as if you're representative of their experience grows tired Mr. Jerkface. You use an irrelevant, EOLd UI framework from .NET2.

What is your definition of irrelevant? I would estimate that WinRT to Winform jobs on dice are about 1:1000, and that is being generous. The business world uses Winforms heavily and there isn't the drive nor the resources to move everything to the web. WPF has mostly been ignored and Winforms are mature, not EOLd or depricated.

Maybe local Winform applications aren't trendy but the business world doesn't give a flying f--- about being trendy. They want software that works on a platform that they know will be around in 10 years. That's why .NET and Java are so popular while Windows 8/Metro have been rejected.

90% of the Sinofsky mentions are literally coming from you in your attempt to cast him as some boogey man.

I don't have to attempt to portray him negatively. He has already gained a reputation on his own as the douchebag responsible for Windows 8.

As for your comment about me not submitting to anything to the Windows store......why would I do that? It's a wasteland. Going to the casino would be provide a better risk/reward payoff and less embarrassing to boot. I would feel like a complete idiot if I told my managers that I was taking some time away from contracts to develop a Windows 8 app. That would reflect a serious lack of judgement. I'd rather save face and tell them I'm going to go blow a grand at the casino.

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