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  • Need a Windows Phone app for this...

    , BitFlipper wrote

    IMHO the main reasons WP isn't doing well, roughly in order:

    1. Late to the party.
    2. "Windows"-anything isn't cool. It just isn't. (They had a moment of clarity with "Xbox").
    3. MS isn't winning any friends with the way Metro has been rammed into the desktop. Not sure why they are trying so hard to kill off their current cash cow. EDIT: The point is they are alienating existing users and devs so less of a halo effect.
    4. Developers are put off by the lack of roadmap and constant framework abandonment. They also need to drop the "JS is the new de facto language" bullcrap.
    5. Technical deficiencies in the platform is preventing some types of apps (already mentioned that ad nauseam...).
    6. To me the UI just doesn't look inviting. It looks unfinished, unpolished and clunky as if everything is a prototype. See this image where I pointed out how ugly and uninviting the typical WP apps are compared to iOS and Android.

    1. That's a problem, but not necessarily an insurmountable one. The real problem, IMHO, is that Microsoft is acting like they're not late to the party and are trying to let the OS become successful on its own merits. They need to step it up a couple of notches and deliver way, way more than iOS and Android are delivering. There's time for letting the OS evolve naturally when phones are about the big three rather than the big two.

    2. Is Android cool? I doubt the average Joe thinks "man, I'm getting this over an iPhone because damn, Kitkat is where it's at." I don't think "cool" matters as much as tech people think it does.

    3. What average Joe even knows about "metro on the desktop"? Even if they're using Windows 8, are they really thinking "This design language and the way I'm forced to use it is terrible, I'm getting an Android phone."?

    4. Agreed. Although it's been worse: there used to be a lot of JS-only samples on MSDN and such, but nowadays (and in most Build videos) they're nearly always using C#.

    5. Agreed, see point one about kicking it up.

    6. Again, does that really matter that much? There are a lot of awful-looking Android and iOS apps out there. I rarely see an app on Android and think "This looks so well-designed!" And yet, here we are with Android's market share.

  • Running the Oculus Rift DK2

    Meanwhile, wearing lightweight glasses for 90 minutes is too much of a hassle...

  • The Windows Desktop is dead

    Ha, that makes way more sense. I didn't read the article, but pretty much every website I've read that reported on this reported it as "METRO GONE ON NON-TABLETS". Glad to hear that was just tech reporting as usual again.

  • The Windows Desktop is dead

    So, windowed metro apps are no longer going to be a thing? I love speculating on rumors and hearsay.

  • Is there an API for Xbox One Xeets with the update?

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    Now I'm curious. Should "xeet" be pronounced "zeet" with a z-sound like "Xanadu" does or should it be pronounced "ex-eat"?



    Ex-eet sounds like a hemorrhoid cream.

  • Is there an API for Xbox One Xeets with the update?

    I think of tweets by Xenu.

  • Green mass murder.

    How many birds are dying as a result of the production of fossil fuels?

  • I dont find the App store that bad what about the rest of the Niners Community

    The store is pretty terrible.

  • new lumia wish.

    I want this to happen to everything. I can't believe that after all these years we're still dealing with those damned connectors that will only go in after you've turned them around twice.

  • Windows 9: lose Charms bar, add virtual desktops

    No it's not. Alt+tab goes back to the previous app you had open, just like swiping from left to right goes back to the previous app you had open and flipping through a book left to right lets you go back to previous pages.

    Reverse alt+tab is like closing a book and then starting over, right to left, from one page to the next.

    So in a way, you just pointed out that it's even more intuitive if you know how alt+tab and shift+alt+tab works.