Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Sep 2011 22:30 UTC
Windows Why, would you look at this. All this time we were expecting Apple to be the first one to flip the switch and limit desktop users to Mac App Store applications and turn Mac OS X into a walled garden, but in fact, Microsoft will be the first to flip this switch. As it turns out, Metro applications can only be installed through the Windows Store - with sideloading only for enterprises and developers (this doesn't apply to legacy applications).
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RE[3]: Comment by jbauer
by vault on Wed 21st Sep 2011 14:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by jbauer"
vault
Member since:
2005-09-15

No, as Microsoft explain at the recent Build conference Metro is the future of Windows. Metro is built on WinRT which replaces the Win32 API which Microsoft now considers 'legacy'. There won't be any further updates to 'the desktop mode'.

The future is Metro. Metro is the future.

It doesn't really matter what Microsoft thinks. What matters is what people actually use. So let's see how the market reacts to that.

If enough developers stay with Win32 Microsoft can't ignore it and remove it in the next version, or they'll doom themselves and Windows 9 will be even bigger failure than Vista was.

So far it doesn't look good for Metro. It's nearly useless on the desktop and it restricts us to Windows Store. So, no, thanks.

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RE[4]: Comment by jbauer
by kristoph on Wed 21st Sep 2011 16:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by jbauer"
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2006-01-01

It's not about the people that use it. It's about the developers who build it.

My company does not do Windows development at this time, only web and Apple, but I am planning to invest in additional developers to have some Metro apps at launch because it represents the biggest gold rush since the iOS App Store.

Many others are too, because it's just such a huge deal to be at the cusp of a new platform that will be deployed to tens of millions of devices annually.

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