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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drcouzelis
Member since:
2010-01-11

Here Thom is comparing Microsoft Surface, which most people have no experience with, with beta versions of OS X, which most people have no experience with and they're over a decade old.

Thom made a comparison, based on his personal opinion, between a new operating system and an old operating system.

You do remember that this website is for operating system enthusiasts, right?

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I don't think a comparison should be considered sensible just because it involves an operating system.

Apparently it made sense to you so you must be a former OS X developer release user. Perhaps you can tell us how OS X improved over the years and why this is applicable to Microsoft Surface.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Perhaps you can tell us how OS X improved over the years and why this is applicable to Microsoft Surface.


OS X presented a new API to developers based on older technologies (Cocoa, based on older NEXTSTEP technologies), and so does Windows 8 (WinRT based on a whole slew of older technologies). You keep talking about "Surface", even though I have been specifically talking about Windows 8 and WinRT. OS X improved after a first few unpleasant releases, until it more or less hit the sweet spot around Panther (10.3). Considering Microsoft's clear investment in Metro and WinRT, it's logical that the same will happen to Microsoft's new API.

The parallel is so damn obvious it;s almost entertaining to have to explain it.

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