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.
Thread beginning with comment 554445
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

Developer previews, public betas or public releases?

Please make up your mind which you include in your "first several releases".

Reply Parent Score: 1

Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Beta, 10.0, 10.1, and 10.2 are all public releases, available to everyone. So, the first four releases were terrible. Take away the beta if you want, and that still leaves three. The DPs were available to large groups of developers, so could, technically, be called public as well.

Reply Parent Score: 7

MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

So you are being creative with counting decade old OS X (beta) releases while OS 9 was still fully alive creating a transition period to make a comparison with a finished Microsoft product, creating confusion with OS X users who don't understand what you are referring to, adding nothing usefull as it's not like there will be many former beta OS X users lining up to buy Microsoft stuff of the unpopular kind.

Reply Parent Score: 1

toast88 Member since:
2009-09-23

Beta, 10.0, 10.1, and 10.2 are all public releases, available to everyone. So, the first four releases were terrible. Take away the beta if you want, and that still leaves three. The DPs were available to large groups of developers, so could, technically, be called public as well.


A beta is not a release and never was. Period. If something is branded as beta it is expected to have bugs and not ready for production use.

Yes, you can argue about how usable betas can be, but in any case, they're never supposed to be used in production and using beta versions to blame developers for buggy software is just plain unfair and wrong.

Microsoft, on the other hand, released Surface and Windows 8 as production ready while it was not.

Adrian

Edited 2013-03-07 20:49 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2