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More Apple Envy in Windows 8.1

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    DCMonkey

    Remember when Apple would catch a bunch of flak when they would integrate a copy of some popular third party app into the OS (ie: Sherlock, Dashboard etc), thus killing off that dev's market?

    Well, I guess MS wants a piece of that action too:

    "New apps in 8.1 include a plethora of small utilities include an alarm, timer, stopwatch, calculator and unit converter."

    Smiley

     

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    MasterPi

    Wait until Bing launches a Fart app - cries from millions will be heard. Smiley

     

    Honestly, I thought this thread was going to be about the start screen sorta (but not really) overlapping the desktop like Launchpad.

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    bondsbw

    @MasterPie: Me too.

    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.)

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    DCMonkey

    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!

    Again, Smiley

     

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    MasterPi

    @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. Tongue Out

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    Proton2

    Microsoft has adopted many third party utilities over the years.

    Remote desktop (pcanywhere)

    Norton Desktop functionality

    ... And hundreds more that I have forgotten  Expressionless

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    ScanIAm

    I think they're just leveraging the unit conversion code that already exists in the calc.exe app...

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    PopeDai

    , ScanIAm wrote

    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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    ScanIAm

    , PopeDai wrote

    *snip*

    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.

    ++++

    yes indeedy.

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