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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MOS6510
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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.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

No, I'm just drawing a parallel between Windows 8 and the early Mac OS X period in that they represent similar periods in the two company's histories. This is a very common way for writers to create some perspective, and easily explain what we're dealing with. It's the biggest and most recent example of a company moving from one operating system to the next in a way that caused a break with the past. WinRT is the same thing.

There's nothing wrong with pointing that out, and I will not let fanboys bully me into not using obvious, innocent, and perfectly valid comparisons like that.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It's a badly drawn parallel. The main reason being you are referring to a situation over a decade ago and most readers will have not used any OS X developer or beta releases. Most Apple users even haven't.

But thank you for explaining, despite your strange urge to include insults. I doubt this is also a common thing writers do.

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

No, I'm just drawing a parallel between Windows 8 and the early Mac OS X period in that they represent similar periods in the two company's histories. This is a very common way for writers to create some perspective, and easily explain what we're dealing with. It's the biggest and most recent example of a company moving from one operating system to the next in a way that caused a break with the past. WinRT is the same thing.


There's one massive difference. OSX improved. WinRT is a dead end with manufacturers already dropping it. Unfortunately you've bought into another Microsoft dead end product just like Windows Phone 7.

There's nothing wrong with pointing that out, and I will not let fanboys bully me into not using obvious, innocent, and perfectly valid comparisons like that.


Poor Thom, being bullied by probably the politest commenter on osnews.

Edited 2013-03-07 15:29 UTC

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