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  • Microsoft Impending Game Changers for Windows 10?

    If the game-changers are interactive live tiles or Android/iOS apps on Windows, then my suspicions of all this being ridiculous hyperbole are entirely justified.

    I mean, we need interactive live tiles, if only for the fact that when I click the news tile because I see an interesting news item pop up - I then still have to search for that article rather than the app taking me right to it. But game changer? This isn't going to make people love live tiles.

  • Microsoft Impending Game Changers for Windows 10?

    , Ian2 wrote

    @Bas:Not if it's a game changer - but maybe that's a pun and it's the interop between XBOX,PC and PS4 like the Dr refers to? :(

    Yeah, but still. Even if it's something revolutionary, the way they are hyping it sets levels of expectations that are on "cure for cancer" levels, which means it's bound to dissapoint. If they had played it cool and then presented something amazing out of nowhere, the effect would have been way better. Underpromise and overdeliver.

  • Microsoft Impending Game Changers for Windows 10?

    Whatever it is, those tweets are already generating way too much hype that they cannot possibly live up to. They need to control their messaging, badly.

  • Microsoft Impending Game Changers for Windows 10?

    My guess is that these game-changers are all tied to Cortana and thusly unavailable to the vast majority of Windows users.

  • MS buying Xamarin

    Finally! Now we need this stuff available in the community edition. I can't wait.

  • Microsoft Kill Off Windows Phone

    , Bass wrote

    *snip*

    Don't get me wrong, there is a whole lot  of .NET jobs (although Java jobs outnumbers - everywhere) but .NET mostly seem to focus on web UIs. This XAML/WPF thing isn't a lucrative skill to have on a resume. It's not worth the time commitment. 

    As someone who has it on his resumé and has benefited from it both financially, career-wise and job-satisfaction-wise, I feel qualified to assure you it was both lucrative and worth the time commitment.

    It's weird how people think only mobile and web apps are being built nowadays. Try and get out of the office environment once in a while, it's an eye-opener.

  • Microsoft Kill Off Windows Phone

    , Ray7 wrote

    *snip*

     

    XML is fine. It's verbose, yes, but easier to grasp straight away than a page full of JSON. Having a textual tag telling you when a data set finishes is much easier than trying to trace your way back through anonymous end braces. The problem with XML came when folk started thinking it was a programming language (JSPX and JSF Spring to mind)

     

    I agree. The thing about these data formats is that they're supposed to both be readable by humans. Reading XML is a lot easier than reading JSON. It's not that JSON is impossible, it's just that you instantly get how an XML document is structured when you read it, which is not the case with JSON. Hence, XML is the better format and this discussion is now over.

  • 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?