Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Feb 2013 21:18 UTC
Microsoft "Although Bill Gates stepped away from his day-to-day role at Microsoft nearly five years ago, he still keeps a close eye on the company he co-founded - and he isn't always happy with what he sees. During a recent interview broadcast this morning on CBS This Morning, the Microsoft chairman was asked by Charlie Rose whether he was happy with Steve Ballmer's performance as chief executive. Noting that there have been 'many amazing things' accomplished under Ballmer's leadership in the past couple of years, Gates said he was not satisfied with the company's innovations." It's impossible to deny by this point that Microsoft hasn't done well in mobile. It would be more surprising if Gates had denied it.
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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Tue 19th Feb 2013 16:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson
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2005-11-29

My full blown Win8 tablet which is thinner and lighter than an iPad, and has 10 hour battery life, can run Windows apps.

At this point though, it's important not to split hairs, Windows Store apps are Windows apps. They're built using Windows development platform, and share a lot of commonality with Microsoft's other XAML platforms.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Fergy on Tue 19th Feb 2013 16:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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2006-04-10

At this point though, it's important not to split hairs, Windows Store apps are Windows apps. They're built using Windows development platform, and share a lot of commonality with Microsoft's other XAML platforms.

- So just ignore that real applications like Firefox don't run and will never run.
- And just ignore that having to rewrite your application for windows xaml is the same as rewriting it for linux, android, ios, bb10

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Tue 19th Feb 2013 17:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

- So just ignore that real applications like Firefox don't run and will never run.
- And just ignore that having to rewrite your application for windows xaml is the same as rewriting it for linux, android, ios, bb10


I think you missed, so I'll bold it for emphasis:
My full blown Win8 tablet which is thinner and lighter than an iPad, and has 10 hour battery life, can run Windows apps.


I can run Win32 apps on my tablet. And FYI: A lot of these applications already exist on iOS (a rewrite) and Android(a rewrite).

Needing to rewrite an app to fully take advantage of the hardware (via Windows Store apps) doesn't necessarily mean there's an incentive to bring it to Linux or something, because again, developers can now easily make a good amount of income on the Windows Store.

You've seen Netflix, Skype, Hulu, CNN, etc rewrite their apps for the Windows Store because their apps were largely platform agnostic to begin with.

Netflix even uses Windows technology (Rx Framework, adaptive bitrate) behind the scenes so XAML with a media engine that can readily consume that content was a natural shift for them.

CNN usually contracts their work out, and given the return (millions of people downloading your app) its a wise investment.

Hulu is platform agnostic like Netflix because they target many screens. There is probably a lot of re-use of code between Android, iOS, and the Windows Store app.

There are similar stories for many other apps, and its all about making the business case for bringing an app to Windows.

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