Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Aug 2015 23:18 UTC
Windows This hit the news yesterday.

Microsoft released Windows 10 four weeks ago today, and now the company is providing a fresh update on its upgrade figures. 14 million machines had been upgraded to Windows 10 within 24 hours of the operating system release last month, and that figure has now risen to more than 75 million in just four weeks.

As somebody who uses Windows every day, and who upgraded to Windows 10 a few weeks before it was released, let me make a statement about all the positive Windows 10 reviews that not everyone is going to like. There are only two reasons Windows 10 is getting positive reviews. First, because it's free. This one's a given. Second, and more importantly: Windows 10 is getting positive reviews because none of the reviewers have forced themselves to use nothing but Metro applications.

Here's the cold and harsh truth as I see it: despite all the promises, Metro applications are still complete and utter garbage. Let me explain why.

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RE[5]: What a weird article Thom
by dpJudas on Fri 28th Aug 2015 18:20 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: What a weird article Thom"
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If you think that Metro is about rewriting the UI of an application while keeping the inside the same you would be wrong. That would be like saying iOS applications are OSX Applications with a rewritten UI or Android Apps are Linux Applications with a rewritten UI.

I am saying that Microsoft never gave existing developers a reasonable way to move their applications to WinRT/Metro. Some of the large productivity tools have literally hundreds of dialogs written in everything from MFC to WinForms.

There is a reason why MS had to add a special exception to Office when they did Surface: not even a 800lb gorilla could perform this stunt. To my knowledge the Outlook 365 running on my Windows 10 is still not a WinRT/Metro app (please correct me if I am wrong). I don't think this will change until the Win32 bridge arrives. I am really looking forward to see how it works.

I completely agree that Metro is an unfullfilled promise. Not because there is anything wrong with it technically, but simply because app-developers didn't develop apps for it.

I agree that the poor adoption of Windows 8 didn't exactly help. Still, I personally think just as much of the blame falls on just how much work Microsoft expects existing productivity app developers to do to target it.

Clearly Universal Apps are a big thing to Microsoft, but it is not the main new feauture for them.

Okay, maybe the sources I read focused too much on the Universal App thing. And I am not amongst the guys saying *everything* sucks about Windows 10 - I just think that Thom has a valid point in there are a lot of rushed lose ends in Windows 10, esp with their app strategy.

Because Microsoft doesn't get the development tools much before others anymore.

WinDiv doesn't get early access to what they write themselves? If that is really true, they should probably make some changes. ;) In any case I really think they should get their act together and port all their old dialogs. I recall Thom complaining years ago about that same control panel/system settings having the exact same problem on his Surface tablet.

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