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  • So Joe Belfore is using iPhone right now.

    I wish they'd just aquire Xamarin and get this over with. I don't really care about using Windows Phone anymore: I just want to develop stuff in .NET. The Android SDK is horrific. Objective C is a ridiculous language. It seems like the only languages or frameworks that aren't completely outdated or mashed together hobbyist nonsense only work on Windows platforms. Just give me an affordable way to write stuff on Android and iOS (and hell, Arduino) using C# and a proper UI markup language. I want to stay on the Microsoft stack because it's the only one that doesn't completely suck, but they're just making it harder and harder.

  • MS takes another bite at Windows App developer proceeds

    And this is coming at a time when the few prolific developers for the Windows Store are discussing abandoning the store because it's impossible to find an app on the store unless you search for its exact name. On a platform that is in dire need of more app developers.

    They need to do everything they can to keep existing developers happy, let alone attract new ones. Instead they're not giving one iota about whether these people can sell their apps, or whether it's worthwhile for them, preferring to actively make it less worthwhile.

    There's absolutely no reason for even the most die-hard fan of the Microsoft development stack to develop things commercially for the Windows store. Either Microsoft can't see that, which is a big problem, or they don't care, which is just baffling. Either option is something that should set off lots of alarm bells, and I'm quite surprised investors aren't calling for heads to roll over such mismanagement. Why is Nadella not getting criticized for this, for instance?

  • Idea on design of Win10M

    God, what is it with people and wanting to force transparent tiles?

  • Free car with Microsoft band 2!

    , Bass wrote

    This is actually a good area for open standards. Cars are suppose to last decade or longer, I should be able to be confident that my smart car can interact with my smartwatch or smart brain implant 10 years from now.

    The problem is standards is not in the car manufacturers vocabulary. It's amazing they all standardized on a single cigarette lighter design but it is going to be hard to ask for more then that.

    Really? I'd imagine that cars are one of the most standards compliant things I own. I can buy standard spark plugs, standard lightbulbs, standard filters, standard oil, standard tires, standard windscreen wipers, fill up using a standard gas pump nozzle, even read the onboard diagnostics using a standard port and protocol... I'd say that whenever I need to buy something for my car, I can do so from any manufacturer I choose because everything is standardized.

  • Real reason Microsoft does not develop Windows 10 and Windows Phone apps

    Calling Netflix a "movie house" is also a bit of a stretch. By that logic, video rental stores had been disrupting the market since the 80's, since they're also "movie houses" that own no cinemas. And since when is a messaging app a "phone company"?

  • Did you order an Oculus Rift?

  • Free car with Microsoft band 2!

    This is going to lead to some awkward situations when bystanders mishear the brand name.

  • Windows Phone, may ye rest in peace... the clone wars are over and the droids are winning.

    , Ray7 wrote

    *snip*

    So what you have then is an underpowered PC and a phone that only runs very hot and only for a few hours?

     

    Yes, because obviously I intend for it to be crap. 

  • Windows Phone, may ye rest in peace... the clone wars are over and the droids are winning.

    If they really want to follow Apple's success, they need to do what Apple did and change the game of what a smartphone is. Yet another touchscreen slab with apps from an app store isn't a gamechanger, nor are UWP apps.

    They need to take continuum to the next level and make a smartphone an actual pc in your pocket, not the simple semi-pc that runs timy apps that it is now. That means ditching ARM, going x86/x64 and making sure that I have an actual, full functioning PC running Win32 apps on the desktop as soon as I plug it into the USB-C cable on my desk. That's going to be the next smartphone era, not "the same thing as the iPhone but with a different interface and this universal platform that nobody is seriously interested in using."

  • I can immediately tell that a video is 60Hz

    , spivonious wrote

    I wonder if the "too real" reaction is related to the higher framerate (60i) of camcorders. We see that and instantly think of home videos instead of professionally made films.

    That's definitely it for me.