Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Mar 2014 18:42 UTC

What's missing on all non-Microsoft platforms, as it turns out, is a formalized way to view at least two mobile apps side-by-side on screen. This is a feature that Microsoft added to Windows 8 and then improved dramatically in Windows 8.1, and while many desktop users scoff at its simplicity, it remains a key differentiator. Windows, as I've noted before, is unparalleled when it comes to productivity, even in the mobile world.

Pretty sure Google will introduce windowing support soon in Android, possibly within the next 18-24 months (Android 5.0, perhaps?). It seems inevitable. iOS, on the other hand - we'll see.

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VB6 was better for people to write programs that automated or performed some small business task that they would have to pay a human to do otherwise or reduce the amount of work they themselves have to do. There are multiple ways to do things in VB6, but not for basic business programmers. Of course the more knowledge you have, the more possibilities there are with any language, but bear in mind the goal isn't to write a Windows program or a Linux program or an HP-UX program -- the goal is to write a program that does X (Not X11, mind you). VB6 was great at allowing hacks to do things like connect to an Access DB and automate some portion of their business and make them more productive.

"Is it more so when comparing it against a single distro's version of a desktop environment?"

Umm... yea. Windows is way more consistent than Linux distros at delivering a consistent experience across product upgrade lifecycles. Gnome 2/3, KDE 3/4, Ubuntu Pre-and-post Unity. You name it, how the user has to learn to use their system changes moreso on Linux than Windows - until Windows 8, that is.

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