Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Nov 2015 23:41 UTC
Windows

With Continuum, capable Windows 10 Mobile devices will be able to act like PCs, hooking up to keyboards, mice, and monitors for a full Windows desktop experience, and Microsoft is looking into ways of expanding these capabilities. Apparently, that involves investigating the possibility of running Win32 apps from phones, according to Microsoft's Kevin Gallo during the Connect() 2015 conference.

I have two things to say about this. First, this is totally cool. The idea of having just one smartphone with me that can hook up to a display, keyboard, and mouse, and then also run proper Win32 applications (instead of crappy Metro applications) is incredibly appealing to me. I like the concept of the Surface and Continuum (the device being smart enough to adapt the UI to the current input method), but a desktop with just Metro (and yes I will keep using that name) applications is pretty much useless. It's going to need big girl applications.

Second, while cool, this is also yet another admission from Microsoft that they just can't get developers - either inside or outside - to care much about Metro and all that it entails. Microsoft would love to move everyone - users and developers alike - over to Metro, but it just isn't happening, and there's no signs that it's going to get any better in the near future. I would love for Metro to be adopted enough (and capable enough) so that it can start replacing Win32 - but it's been years now, and it's pretty clear that we're just not getting there.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sun 22nd Nov 2015 02:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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The WinRT framework was a lot more limited than the UWP particularly when it comes to dealing with hardware - major differences between dealing with bluetooth depending on whether you were on Windows Phone or Windows 8.1 but these issues have been addressed with UWP so the platform is a lot more capable. UWP finally standardises and expands what was one a very limited multiplatform framework so I guess it is just a matter of time before we eventually see something.

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