Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 19:00 UTC
Microsoft One of the major lacking features in the newest Office: no Metro applications. In fact, the only reason Windows RT has a desktop at all is because the Office team was unable to create Metro applications in time for the release of Windows RT. I often thought this was a classic case of two important divisions within Microsoft not getting along and not being aligned, but now that I have my own Surface RT, I'm starting to realise that there's a far simpler, and thus more likely, explanation: Metro is simply not ready for anything serious - or for anything at all, really.
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Comment by BeamishBoy
by BeamishBoy on Wed 6th Mar 2013 19:44 UTC
BeamishBoy
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2010-10-27

I purchased an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro last week for a personal computer. I wasn't expecting much of anything given the overwhelmingly negative press that Windows 8 (and Metro in particular) has received.

But I actually really like it. I'm surprised by how little time I actually need to spend in Desktop; browsing, twitter, email and so on are all perfectly usable from Metro.

It's a bit rough around the edges at times but I haven't experienced any lagging, crashing, and so forth. Sure, the Store could do with more apps, but I think that it really could work as a long-term plan for desktops.

Edited 2013-03-06 19:45 UTC

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RE: Comment by BeamishBoy
by malxau on Wed 6th Mar 2013 22:18 in reply to "Comment by BeamishBoy"
malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

I purchased an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro last week...I haven't experienced any lagging, crashing, and so forth.


On performance, note that Thom was referring to the ARM-based Surface RT, which will be many people's first impression of the platform. A more high end Intel machine should obviously be faster/less laggy.

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RE[2]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by Nelson on Wed 6th Mar 2013 23:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by BeamishBoy"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Also worth noting , the Tegra 3 inside the Surface RT doesn't take advantage of 4 PLUS 1 architecture for distributing work across five cores.

Its not as optimized as other ARM SoCs on Windows RT, also clocked lower overall. A major miss by Microsoft.

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RE: Comment by BeamishBoy
by jared_wilkes on Wed 6th Mar 2013 23:47 in reply to "Comment by BeamishBoy"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Thom loved it too as recent as two weeks ago... Give it time.

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