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  • Cortana, where are you?

    Dutch Bing is pretty much useless, but I still had Cortana recommend me a bunch of nearby restaurants with four stars or more.

    The requirement that you use a US locale and US UI language is super frustrating. The voice recognition works reasonably well even with my ridiculous accent (and even if it didn't there's still typing), and some of the most useful stuff (geofenced reminders, quiet hours) are tied to Cortana. I just don't wan't my region and phone language set to en-US. I don't get why that's a requirement for Cortana to run.

  • The Future of the Start Screen

    Where are these "great,now you have to write more stuff" concerns coming from? It's not like you have to write a live tile right now either. If you want your app to suck then nobody is stopping you.

    I'd have imagined that it would be obvious that you wouldn't want too complex interactions in there. But opening an app on the notification it is currently showing, scrolling through some recent notifications and skipping/pausin/playing tracks in a media player sound ideal to me.

  • The Future of the Start Screen

    Agreed, this needs to happen. It's a lot like the woefully underused control options in the live taskbar previews, only better.

    Live tiles are a great concept, but it needs to evolve further. Interactivity is the logical next step.

  • You must pay $100 to deploy your own software in Windows

    Thanks for listening.

    Wish we could say the same!

  • You must pay $100 to deploy your own software in Windows

    , SadCoder wrote

    Amazing how some people are opposed to having OPTIONS.

    Everybody in this thread is telling you that you have options, both by Microsoft and by other manufacturers. You are the only one who appears opposed to using any other option than WinRT, even when WinRT doesn't provide what you need.

    , SadCoder wrote

    You guys argue about why I should have the option to be free! Wow! Just wow!

    Nobody is doing that.

    , SadCoder wrote

    If you want to live in a prison cell, that is fine but you are denying others of freedom of their device.

    As has been repeated ad nauseum in this thread, you still have all the freedoms you have had before on your device.

  • You must pay $100 to deploy your own software in Windows

    Besides Windows is now the most secure OS on the planet right? Modern apps are super sandboxed and pose no threat to the underlying OS right?

    No, because sideloaded apps can break out of that sandbox partially. For instance if you want to connect to servers on localhost, or want to use .NET libraries, you can do that in sideloaded apps, but you can't do that in an app you plan to submit to the store. That's one of the reasons for sideloading.

     

  • You must pay $100 to deploy your own software in Windows

    , kettch wrote

    *snip*

    30% is overhead for not needing to build an entire website with advertising, download, payment, analytics, feedback, and support mechanisms. 30% is being able to distribute an application to customers all over the world and have them know and trust that it's safe to buy my app without worrying about giving money to some wonky vendor who they've never heard of. My time is worth a whole lot more than 30 cents a download. 

    Precisely. This, essentially, is what I meant with "there may be something that is more important to you so you'll accept those drawbacks".

  • You must pay $100 to deploy your own software in Windows

    , SadCoder wrote

    *snip*

    Losing your freedom is not a "little drawback".

    I'm not calling it little.

    Our concern is that in time, Microsoft will start killing off the other stuff and we will be stuck with WinRT.

    [...]

    That is why it is essential to not be locked inside a prison cell with the corporation as its guard.



    If that's your fear, maybe it would be better to use a technology that no single corporation has complete control over?

    You keep askin "Why do you want that..." ...WELL, THAT ATTITUDE IS EXACTLY WHAT STOPS THIS FROM GROWING. What do you mean "why?" THEN WHY did Microsoft create it in the first place? Only for the 10-20 yes-sayers around them?

    I'm asking that question because I don't understand your line of reasoning.

    When I start on a project, I figure out what is essential for that project and what isn't, and then pick a technology that best fits with those requirements. If it doesn't, I don't use it.

    So I'm asking why you're using WinRT when it, as you point out, doesn't do what you want it to do, and why you're not considering the alternatives.

    Are you for real or just trolling me?

    Funnily, I was wondering the same thing. You seem hell bent on slavishly using WinRT because (according to you) that's what Microsoft says is the future, yet at the same time are accusing others of being "yes-sayers" who slavishly do whatever Microsoft tells them to do. That seems contradictory to me.

  • You must pay $100 to deploy your own software in Windows

    , SadCoder wrote

    And what if it's a commercial application? Do you, for real, like paying 30% of your profit to Microsoft?

    I don't have to.

    Why do you, as a developer / business man, want a middle man to take a cut of your profit?

    I don't have to.

    Why do you, as a developer / business man, want to not be able to deploy an update to your application whenever you want?

    I can.

    Why do you, as a developer / business man, want to allow a third party to have the power to remove your application when they feel like it?

    I don't have to.

    Why do you, as a developer / business man, want to not be able to share your game with a closed group? A private group?

    I can.

    What if it is a scienfitic commercial application? Why would I want to be forced to put it on the Windows Store, give 30% of the profit to Microsoft AND on top of that, enter some kind of weird kindergarten where Microsoft dictates the rules of what kind of application will be on MY device?

    No idea why you'd want that, but there may be something that is more important to you so you'll accept those drawbacks. If not, then I don't understand why you're creating your application with this technology. If you're not doing that, then I don't get what the complaint is.

    I can make some application, put it on my or a friend's phone, and off we go happy using it. Why do you like to not have this option of freedom on your own hardware?

    I have that same option on my own hardware.

    Why do you not like the idea of having the option and the freedom to do with your device, which you worked for, which you paid for, what you wish to do?

    I have that option and freedom.

     

  • You must pay $100 to deploy your own software in Windows

    , SadCoder wrote

    Not all people are developers! What if I want to control a private robot? 

    Then you'd still be able to develop an application for that and distribute it privately without asking Microsoft for permission or paying them money.