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  • 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.

  • Microsoft to buy Skype?

    , W3bbo wrote

    I really feel this is going to be a repeat of the SideKick affair: Microsoft buying them out to get the talent within and to eliminate some of the competition; the Skype service itself will die in the long-run until a successor (founded by Skype employees who jumped-ship, no-less) comes along.

    I'm not sure where you're getting this. Skype is joining Microsoft as a business division - that means that it is a top-level business unit organizationally on par with the six others (Windows, Office, Xbox, phones, Server&Tools, and Bing/MSN). That's a clear indication that they are not buying it to scavenge for parts or to fold into some existing product.

    Microsoft have already released Android clients for Bing and WLM, by the way.

     

  • API hall of fame

    @exoteric: WPF/Silverlight have the interesting quality of being among the best and among the worst simultaneously, like those famous pictures that look like a young or old woman depending on which mode your brain is in.

  • Dev Div changes

    I don't know much about Azure nor GAE, but I do know Azure has a NoSQL key/value store built in (Azure Table Storage) and has from the beginning.