Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 16:41 UTC
Windows Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 preview for download, but they region-locked it to 13 specific languages, and Dutch is not one of them. So, even though my Surface RT has been completely and utterly English from the day I bought it, I can't install Windows 8.1 and tell you something about it. Those of you who can download it, why don't you tell us what it's like - or you can head to The Verge who got early access. In case you couldn't tell, I'm a little annoyed that we're arbitrarily being left out once again.
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Comment by lucas_maximus
by lucas_maximus on Wed 26th Jun 2013 19:02 UTC
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

I hope there are more improvements in Metro because some of the things I don't like it the weird screen split, but some of the applications work quite nicely when I bother to use them.

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RE: Comment by lucas_maximus
by Nelson on Thu 27th Jun 2013 00:24 in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

The performance improvements in the XAML stack alone are crazy.

They've brought some more complex WPF features while *improving performance*. You'll remember that WPF was a swiss army knife of UI toolkits, but had...erm...spotty performance.

With this iteration of the XAML stack, they got like 40% improvement in binding perf, double digit improvement in start up perf, lazy loading of UI elements and parsing of resources, better interop with DX, more built in controls, etc.

They've actually fixed the annoying Virtualizing UI bug which killed performance for Mouse+Keyboard users.

They've also fleshed out the WinRT API quite a bit (surprise to some of the naysayers here, an API isn't frozen in time, it has improved). Most radical are the VPN, Point of Service, and Devices API which are nice.

In a nutshell, Metro apps will be faster and more feature filled. It will eventually get to the point where functionally they can do what Windows applications for the Desktop do, without the reliability issues.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I suspect the WinRT API will evolve like the .NET API did. Solid well understood base that is build around.

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