But, then again, it's just synchronizing the background. It still keeps the usefulness that live tiles provide over icons. (Will Apple ever do some kind of live widgets? That is the single reason that this iPhone user of 5 years switched to Android.)
Well, if MS can learn a bit from Apple in how to integrate mobile UI with a desktop OS, then more power to em (just don't do something silly like reversing scroll bars).
But back on the original topic: It seemed that, last I looked (which is admittedly quite a while ago) half the apps on the Windows 8 App Store were unit converters. Now that MS is bundling one in the OS, what are all those developers going to dooo? And think of the anti-trust issues!
@DCMonkey: But they've also shipped it with a Weather app and a News app, not to mention Email and Messaging...there are plenty of those types of apps in the App store as well. And a few of those still do well because they have unique features or nicer designs that appeal to users.
Seriousness aside, imagine if Microsoft incorporated a Start Menu in Windows 8...then a bunch of shell hacking companies will be out of business.
Microsoft has adopted many third party utilities over the years.
Remote desktop (pcanywhere)
Norton Desktop functionality
... And hundreds more that I have forgotten
I think they're just leveraging the unit conversion code that already exists in the calc.exe app...
That feature is not nearly discoverable enough, and I don't like how it uses dropdown comboboxes - it needs to be a 1-click function.
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