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Scott spivonious
  • The Windows Desktop is dead

    M: "Hey everyone, here's something new that is perfect for a modern use case!"

    C: "Eww! It's different. This sucks! I'm sticking with Android/Apple/Windows 7"

    M: "Hey everyone, we added some half-thought-out mouse interaction to the new stuff!"

    C: "Meh, there aren't any good apps in the store. I'll stick with Android/Apple/Windows 7"

    M: "Hey everyone, we took out all the new bits so now it's just Windows 7.1!"

    C: "What, you're still here?"

     

    Come on Microsoft, be firm on something. People take time to adapt to new stuff. The users who hate the start screen can buy Stardock. The users who like the start screen are going to hate Windows 9.

  • DeLorean

    , evildictait​or wrote

    *snip*

    It's only 25MBps to get 4K TV show from Netflix to your living room - and my bandwidth is 1Gbps - admittedly towards the top end of residential bandwidth, but within a few years it'll be standard.

    And part of the point of Delorean is that because of compression, predicting 4 button inputs doesn't mean sending 4x the data.

    Or to put it another way: Delorean increases bandwidth, but for 720p streaming (SD resolution used by Netflix), this kind of bandwidth is trivially already available pretty much everywhere.

    I don't even think any ISP in the US offers 1Gbps. Comcast (the only ISP in my area) maxes out at 150Mbps, and it's a ridiculous $115/month.

    Wake me up when I can reliably stream blu-ray quality picture and sound (that's roughly 50Mbps) on a $50/month connection without affecting others using the same connection. Netflix "HD" doesn't come close, but like other media consumers have traded quality for convenience (see MP3). Especially with audio, there's no good reason to use lossy compression these days.

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

    @magicalclick: Caveat emptor, sure. But Microsoft's store needs to be better than the other stores if people are going to switch from the much more mature Apple and Google stores.

    @BitFlipper: App store problems are first-world problems by definition. :) The pool app does seem like a very small audience, but it is pretty ridiculous that Apple has 50+ and Microsoft has 1 or 0 depending on which device you're using.

    Audio apps are a much bigger audience, and I completely agree that Microsoft needs to improve latency in WinRT. A full-screen DAW app would be really nice to see running on a Windows 8 device. With multiple screens, one could even set up the studio to have the touchscreen be just the sliders and display the tracks on a larger screen. With an apparently useless audio API, Microsoft is shooting itself in the foot.

  • Green mass murder.

    @mstefanik: I despise people who let their cats roam outside. Just saw one with a baby bunny in its mouth this morning. I like watching the bunny rabbits in my yard, and they keep the clover in check. Why would you buy a cat to never see it?

  • Media Center Woes

    @ScanIAm: I did an in-place upgrade with no issues. I've also noticed that none of my shows set the protected flag, so I'm free to move them to other machines. I actually store them all on my server so the drive in the HTPC is free to record.

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

    @magicalclick: But the casual user has been trained to go to the store first. His buddy said to download Chrome. Joey User goes to the Store, searches for Chrome, finds a $2.49 app that looks right (http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/08b4c71d-2033-4966-b58b-c165636ac7e9), and pays for it. After installing, he runs it and finds it is simply a link to download the desktop version. User wonders why Microsoft lets such crappy "apps" into the store and exchanges his Surface for an iPad.

    Apps like that are no better than the apps that trick users into paying money to fix non-existent viruses. Microsoft needs to prevent these apps from getting into the store.

    And they are definitely not legacy apps. Microsoft continues to fully support and improve the desktop.

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

    @magicalclick: 7-zip out performs the built-in zip compression by quite a bit. Chrome is a valid alternative browser.

    Why would you want to install Word? You already have Notepad.

    The problem the author notes is completely valid, and one that is easily solved by Microsoft beefing up their approval process.

  • Media Center Woes

    @ScanIAm: Correct, XB One is not an extender.

     

    All MS needs to do is pull the Live TV/DVR functionality out of Media Center and make it a Store App. And add keyboard support to the Music and Video apps so I can use the remote with them. I hate having to keep a wireless mouse around when I have a nice Harmony remote that works fine for desktop apps.

  • Just bought Surface Pro 3 need help with Win8!

    Your wife wouldn't benefit from things syncing across devices? She never signs into a desktop PC, or a smartphone, or wants to check her calendar or that note she created while at a friend's house?

    I understand your shock at it being required, but it is extremely convenient to have all of that information ready on any device.

  • I can't tell if serious

    Ha, that is awesome.