Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jul 2012 23:39 UTC
Windows Ars Technica is running an interesting article about the Mail application on Windows 8. It's one of the first party Metro applications, and Ars' conclusion is that it's really, really not up to snuff - it can't even compare favourably to the mail application on Windows Phone. The sad thing is, however - this applies to virtually all Metro applications.
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RE[4]: Comment by Luminair
by Neolander on Wed 18th Jul 2012 19:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

"-While Notepad is pretty bad, Windows 7's Wordpad is decent. As an example, it does properly open text files from all OSs. It can also offer Abiword-like basic formatted text editing (which is sadly enough for many people, who have never learned how to get the most of a word processor)."

It's sad in the other direction - I mean, there's really nothing wrong when people could be generally happy with something like Abiword (even something between Abiword and Wordpad, really; preferably with a touch of Lyx or TeXmacs) ...and yet, they often still insists on MS Word.

I guess that this is an inescapable outcome when the de facto standard for editable text documents is a proprietary file format...

Regarding the "there's nothing wrong with people being satisfied with Abiword's feature set", I don't know... It sure is perfect for quickly writing small documents, but anytime I see someone manually parsing a 30-page document just to rectify hand-applied title formatting, I die a little on the inside... I'll be the first to admit that modern "heavy" word processors have too many features, but there are a few gems that everyone should know about IMO.

Edited 2012-07-18 20:00 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by Luminair
by zima on Wed 18th Jul 2012 20:59 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Luminair"
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2005-07-06

And "something between Abiword and Wordpad [...] preferably with a touch of Lyx or TeXmacs" would also be about better formatting (the LyX or TeXmacs part) - giving less manual control over it, really, that's large part of the problem: UIs making it straightforward to micro-manage documents, so people do just that and settle on it.

At least that de facto standard thing is beginning to change in places ( http://www.webmasterpro.de/portal/news/2010/02/05/international-ope... and doesn't your place has some non-trivial deployment projects?) ...too bad it's still mostly about Word-like application.

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