Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Jul 2013 22:15 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "A war between two of the major conglomerates will always have casualties, and unfortunately for us, this time we are the casualties. We aren't yet at a state where it is impossible to use Google services on Microsoft platforms, but we are moving towards a stricter ecosystem world where we might see Googlers/Gmail users on one side and Bingers/Outlook users on the other. We can only hope for the sake of technologies future and for the sake of innovation that the two companies can learn to work together in an ever expanding world of data." We can hope so, but we're talking large companies, and large companies do not care about users. Never have, never will.
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Google on Windows 8
by WorknMan on Tue 9th Jul 2013 22:50 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

Personally, I'd love to have Metro apps for Google Voice and Google Plus, if for no other reason than to be able to have desktop notifications for both. There are solutions for that already, but they're not elegant. For example, I tried this:

http://gplusnotifier.com/en-GB

It required an app to run in the background, which consumed over 100MB of RAM. Somehow, I don't think a Metro app would be quite that greedy ;) Ah well, at least we'll be getting a native Facebook app soon, which I want for the same reason.

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RE: Google on Windows 8
by Lurking_Grue on Tue 9th Jul 2013 23:31 in reply to "Google on Windows 8"
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2013-03-15

> Personally, I'd love to have Metro apps

That is a combination of words I just can't comprehend.

I guess I'm not happy with the loss of interface/features that the tablet world is bringing to destkops.

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RE[2]: Google on Windows 8
by WorknMan on Wed 10th Jul 2013 01:14 in reply to "RE: Google on Windows 8"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I guess I'm not happy with the loss of interface/features that the tablet world is bringing to destkops.


I say don't be so narrow-minded ;) When I imported Facebook contacts into one of the Metro apps (I forget which one), I get a little popup notice when somebody IMs me. I click the little window, fire off a reply, hit ALT+TAB and then back to what I was doing. Sure, it's not a full-featured desktop app, but it works well in this limited capacity, because Metro apps stay frozen in the background when they're not doing anything. Besides, installing apps like this on the desktop, having them consume RAM, along with space in the system tray is kind of a pain. Personally, I prefer using Metro for this.

Only problem is, this feature only seems to work about half the time with the built-in Metro app, which is why I'm looking forward to the native Facebook app ;)

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