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    Daniel Dacey

    I like WinRT and its promise, but honestly this is half baked. Some constructive suggestions.

    Local data sources are not only required they are expected by developers for WinRT. SQL Lite cannot be the only source aside from WCF and the ever present, over marketed Azure. Put the data base stuff back in.

    Trusted WinRT apps should be able to copy from their local store to another or at least see others to copy from. No I don't want to use the cloud to do it or expect my users to manually copy everything.

    Allow me to use third party WPF libraries in WinRT, like reports etc. Give me much greater scope about what I can do in WinRT.

    Make contracts and other cool WinRT features available to all of Windows 8, including the classic desktop. You don't have to back port that to Win 7, just let Windows 8 see all the new stuff, irrespective of where I am at the time in Win 8.

    Get over Azure. Yes it has its place, no we aren't all dropping local data sources tomorrow to make the MS accountants happy because their spreadsheet predictions on the profit to be made looked awesome - it just isn't happening.

    WinRT is very nice, but its incomplete and can't be successful in its current form. The limitations on how we can use it and what can use it are just too severe.

    I love the promise of Win 8, but its my opinion its going to tank, unless a heap of weather apps and the odd game, is what WinRT is every going to be about and what Windows 8 needs to succeed.

    Best of luck guys in getting someone upstairs to listen.

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    Mouhammad Fakhoury

    Your MSDN subscription fees are outrageous even with MS alumni discounts! I am not sure how do you expect people to develop for your platform?

    MSDN subscription went up by $1000 since last year!

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    There is no future for Windows 8 developers on connected TV platforms.
    AFIK Microsoft refuses or has failed to license WinRT to any TV manufacturer.


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    Daniel Dacey, thanks for the feedback.. I have passed it along..  we are definitely working on some of the items you are mentioning ...    The platform definitely has a lot great features so I would advise not to discount it for the short term..  You can write some great apps in this release.. there is lots of them in the sore already...

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    Mouhammad,  the tools for WIndows 8 are free... 
    You can get a 90 day eval of windows 8 and that is usually enough to write an app Smiley

    The tools are free all the time, you can get them from here:

    hope that helps..

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    I love Tim's interviews, he look so passionate about his job.. good work!

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