Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 01:48 UTC
Windows This intrigued me. I decided to see what would happen if you plug a Windows Phone 7.5 device - my HTC HD7 in this case - into a Windows 8 machine (the release preview). The answer? Nothing happens. If you combine Microsoft's prime desktop operating system and prime mobile offering, nothing happens. No dialogs, no sync options, no check for updates, no backups, no audio/video transfer, not even a mount or a dialog to download Zune. They've got only a few months to address this.
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RE: Comment by stabbyjones
by goldfire on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 04:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by stabbyjones"
goldfire
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2011-12-30

I would expect it to search for a driver, and then actually find one and do something useful. I don't think this sounds unreasonable.

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RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones
by daedalus on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 08:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by stabbyjones"
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2011-01-14

Yep, it should search for a driver, install it and start using it. All of which should take a fraction of a second, not several seconds and apparently a lot of effort as Windows makes out. On my Mac or Linux machines, I plug in a mouse and it's responsive by the time my hand moves from the USB plug to the mouse. On my Windows machine I get several notifications popping up, searching for drivers and all that, and then it works. Not a big deal really, but since all three OSes are doing the same thing, I think it's reasonable to expect a similar response time.

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RE[3]: Comment by stabbyjones
by Verunks on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 09:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones"
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2007-04-02

it takes time because it searches for it online to get the latest version, it's a little price to pay but it works quite well since vista/7

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RE[3]: Comment by stabbyjones
by WereCatf on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 12:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones"
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2006-02-15

Yep, it should search for a driver, install it and start using it. All of which should take a fraction of a second, not several seconds and apparently a lot of effort as Windows makes out. On my Mac or Linux machines, I plug in a mouse and it's responsive by the time my hand moves from the USB plug to the mouse. On my Windows machine I get several notifications popping up, searching for drivers and all that, and then it works.


The difference is that Windows by default also searches online for drivers, Linux doesn't. (Though I've actually several times said that it should!) I don't know if Mac searches online for drivers. Though, I agree that it does take longer than it should, and a more sensible approach would be to use the included drivers first, then perform the search in the background and switch over to the new drivers if any were found; such an approach would solve the annoying delay quite neatly.

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RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones
by zima on Wed 27th Jun 2012 18:56 in reply to "RE: Comment by stabbyjones"
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2005-07-06

Off-topic: from where does your avatar come from, goldfire? I sort of remember, but can't quite pinpoint it...

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RE[3]: Comment by stabbyjones
by goldfire on Wed 27th Jun 2012 19:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones"
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2011-12-30

The avatar and the name are both taken from the villain of the game Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold, which was the first FPS, and one of the first games, that I ever played.

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