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  • Mac malware seems to have taken something of a foothold

    @Ray7: well it's true - it's not a virus, it's a trojan. but then I think most of the successful malware infestations on newer versions of Windows have been social engineering based for a while now too.

  • No Legacy Support for Win8 on ARM?

    @DeathByVisualStudio: What if they make ARM compatibility a requirement for apps to be allowed in the new Windows app store?

  • No Legacy Support for Win8 on ARM?

    @ScanIAm: Well it's true that it probably won't be "simple" in many cases, because somewhere in the bowels of most large codebases there is That One Library that either

    •  is a third-party binary component for which the original developer has long ago fled the country for the Astral Plane or
    •  does bizarre low-level hardware tricks that only the original developer could possibly understand, and the mental hospital where he currently resides won't put you through to him.

     So 99% of the code will probably be a simple recompile, but that 1% tends to be the hardest to change, and tends to be what everything else depends on.

  • No Legacy Support for Win8 on ARM?

    Huh? Office will be recompiled to run natively on ARM, just like they showed at the CES. The "lack of legacy support" just means developers have to "do some work" (i.e. recompile and potentially deal with the same kind of compatibility issues as going from 32 -> 64 bit for example), just as Sinofsky said at the CES.

    Remember who this is coming from: Intel, at their investors' meeting. Of course they're going to play up anything missing from the non-Intel versions. "Doesn't support legacy apps" can mean any number of things, in this case it just means the x86 binaries won't work, not that there's not legacy API support. (And fair enough, lack of binary compatibility is indeed a big deal on its own, but not unexpected.)

  • No Legacy Support for Win8 on ARM?

    @spivonious: No, I'm pretty sure it's a simple recompile (modulo pathological cases, which admittedly there'll probably be some of in any large program).

  • No Legacy Support for Win8 on ARM?

    I don't understand how this is news - Sinofsky said as much at the announcement back in January. Developers will have to recompile their programs for ARM.

  • Stupid Q about WP7

    Just tested it, it looks like mails you deleted on the phone will eventually get deleted in Gmail, but not necessarily right away. If you manually sync and then reload Gmail it should be gone.

  • Did you Walshie your phone?

    @Bas: Maybe whoever was feeding him the rumors confused NoDo with Mango?

    Anyway, I Walshed my phone (Dell Venue Pro) a while back, but still got notified of 7382 and applied it without a hitch. I guess like he said it only causes problems on certain phones/scenarios.

  • Angry Birds in HTML5

    I tried playing Angry Birds for the first time ever with this version. It's kind of fun, but mostly just made me want to play something better like Lemmings or Lost Vikings.

    blowdart's video is awesome though.

  • Microsoft to buy Skype?

    iirc the current WLM apps for both Android and Windows Phone were both outsourced (to Miyowa?), the iPhone app was done in-house by Microsoft. Everyone seems to hate the Windows Phone app too.