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[3]: Too many platforms
by zima on Fri 20th Jul 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too many platforms"
zima
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2005-07-06

In theory you are right, Win32 still works up to Windows 7.

However, due to numerous bugs in the implementation which got fixed over the years, many applications that were originally written for Windows 95 - even if they use the proper Win32 APIs - won't work on a modern Windows 7 anymore

They work much better than some Nextstep app from those times if you try to run them on present OSX. OSX apps from a short decade ago, also have huge issues - and you can't even escape into "oh but you can install those obsoleted libs" ( http://www.osnews.com/thread?526828 plus, Java Cocoa and Carbon were full citizens, and were retired) ...something which, yeah, you can do almost anywhere - but it's really funny how here, with DX, you suddenly make a 180 turn, and treat shipping libs with apps as a defect.

I even have one nice win16 app (a dictionary) in use...

PS. WRT to all-in-one ( http://www.osnews.com/permalink?526829 ) - well, I hear smartphones are all the rage, and super-all-in-one is what they're really about.
Overall, we won't really know how well it can work, in the areas targeted by Metro, unless somebody seriously tries (and remember that Windows only became good and took over from 3.x onwards)

Edited 2012-07-21 00:15 UTC

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