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  • The Windows 8 nadir

    , Bass wrote

    My only gripe is MS's insistence to redefine long established software release cycle terminology. Just stick with "Alpha", "Beta", and "RC". You aren't hip or edgy by using "release preview (RP) and customer preview (CP)" like they mean anything to me. Just being confusing for no real reason.

    The problem is that Google ruined the term "beta".

  • Why oh why c++/cx and not c++11

    Also why not make a clean library c++ library for WinRT instead of some non-standard proprietary c++ extension.

    They did.  The Windows Runtime C++ Template Library (WRL) allows for creating/consuming WinRT apps/components with standard C++.


  • Windows 8's PR problem...

    , evildictaitor wrote

    I think the problem (once again) is that Microsoft made the mistake of telling people what it was doing, rather than just releasing it and getting a pile of celebrities and adverts to say "wow - now my desktop is swooshy! Why have an iPad 3 when you can have a Windows 8".


    I kind of agree, but then again, there are folks complaining that Microsoft is being too secretive wrt Windows 8.  Anyway, Microsoft wants Metro apps to be ready when Windows 8 is released, so they have to release something before the actual release.  They could release it just to devs, I guess, but it would leak, so what would be the point?  Second, Microsoft does want feedback and they've made alterations based on user feedback (feedback that isn't of the , "What you're doing is totally wrong" variety).  And they need the feedback to get bug reports.  Unlike Apple, Microsoft doesn't control the hardware; they need to run the OS on many, many hardware configurations, of which they control none.  Apple needs their OS to run on 6 or so hardware configurations, all of which they control.

  • Windows 8's PR problem...

    , figuerres wrote

    I think the windows 8 / metro / startmenu thing is like the windows media center but in reverse.

    Microsoft said more or less "not many folks use media center the stats show us this fact" but in the last 2 versions of WMC very little has been done to promote it.  it's a "Hidden feature" that i bet 70-90 % of users have never even seen and even if they have seen it very few of them have a cable card slot to get use of one of the key features .. or a tuner card for that matter. so now it's going to be an addon for windows 8.

    I rather suspect that the folks at MS have a fear that if they did not push metro it would not take off and go mainstream and wind up like WMC soon down the road.

    so they "bet the farm" on it.

    problem is that for a can't even begin to count how many users  the new metro start screen will be a deal breaker as it stands now with forcing it on users.

    IMHO they should have just done two versions of windows and let folks pick the one they want.

    if metro and the tablet are as great as they think they are the market would show this with the sales numbers....   that's a really good "stat" to go by.

    there are problems with the two versions idea yes, but I see problems with the "all in one" method also.

    I disagree with your conclusion and I think your conclusion contradicts the first portion of your comment.

    I look at the Office Ribbon.  I think (as does Microsoft) that the ribbon UI is hands-down superior to the old Office UI,  But if Microsoft had given folks the option of turning off the ribbon so they could use the old UI instead (an option that many folks demanded before Office2k7 RTMed), then lots of folks would've chosen to stay with the old Office UI, not because it's better than the new ribbon UI, but out of force of habit or fear of change.  "Letting the market decide" by allowing an option to turn off the ribbon would've been stupid, because the inferior UI might've won out based on habit and/or fear.  So Office would be stuck with the old UI forevermore.

     It would've been very sad for Microsoft to spend lots of time and money on developing the Office Ribbon, then get scared and offer users the ability to use the old menu-based UI, and see everyone pick the old UI out of habit or fear, so that the clearly better ribbon UI fades into oblivion, never being given a true chance to gain traction.

     No.  If a developer thinks they've come up with a better way than their old way, then they should push it.  And shove it down the user's throat if necessary.  A developer shouldn't even give what he thinks is the inferior option a chance to win based on habit or fear of change.  (Now, if a developer can offer multiple options and he doesn't feel that any of them are significantly better, then sure, offer all of those options to the user; but if the developer truly believes one of the options is clearly better, then he should go with it and remove the other options.)


  • Sinofsky: The more crapware, the better

    , GoddersUK wrote


    Explain, if you will, how the left sucks more than the right.


    WMPs UI wins hands down (although the disc data it downloaded off the web was a bit confused... that was a DVD, not a blue ray). I couldn't notice any difference in playback quality (although I'm not usually very sensitive to such issues anyway) however I may not be using the default codec in WMP so that statement may be irrelevant.

    Oh and WMP never gives me annoying popups asking me to register... 



    PowerDVD sucks too. Smiley

    My opinion on WMP sucking as a DVD player (I don't think it sucks as a general video/audio player), is that in the past I found that for certain DVDs WMP wouldn't allow me to freely move the seek pointer so I had to use the forward/backward buttons, while other players allowed me to freely seek for those particular DVDs.

    But note that comment to which you responded was more saying that WMP sucked as a DVD player compared to WMC (though I think WMC probably has the same seeking behavior). 

    I'm more irritated by above posts praising OSX's DVD playing experience, when OSX's DVD player is garbage, akin to Power DVD.  Above it's claimed that an OEM bundling PowerDVD (or some other 2rd party DVD player) would drive a customer to OSX, as if the DVD player that Apple bundles is so much better tha PowerDVD.  It ain't.  It sucks bad, and has for 10+ years.

  • Sinofsky: The more crapware, the better

    , magicalclick wrote

    WMP is a terrible DVD player anyway.  That's why I don't use Windows to watch weekly Netflix rentals. Besides, WMP is more suitable to play BT DVD backups, I suppose that's its sole purpose now. 

    I think my main concern is, is it a slippery slope? I mean how many more are they going to cut ?  or more specifically, how many more are they going to cut that will affect me? Cutting things are necessary, but, at what cost?

    I dont' think many folks use WMP to play DVDs.  IT does suck (though not as bad as OSX's DVD player).  WMC, however, does not suck at playing DVDs.  But few use WMC at all.  But there are those that swear by WMC and think that it's vital to their user experience, but I'd think that they'd be willing to pay $10 or whatever to download WMC if it's that necessary to them.

  • Sinofsky: The more crapware, the better


    , GoddersUK wrote


    If your DVDs conform to the standard they should play on all DVD players/software, right?



    Which may be technically illegal since it uses decss (although, according to wiki, the one case that came to trial over decss resulted in an aquital)... 

    But yes, I don't see how this will help anyone. Users will just use VLC/decss and not pay the license fee, so the DVD industry loses money; MS's OS will be crippled and open the door to Apple ads about PCs not playing DVDs and general ridicule and the consumer has to go to extra effort to play their discs. 

    Wow, you guys are so scared of Apple.  Apple removed floppy discs and didn't worry about ads saying "OMG, Macs can't read floppy discs!!".  Apple removed optical drives altogether from MacBook Airs, its #1 laptop seller, and didn't worry about "OMG, MacBook Airs can't read optical discs!!!" ads.

    Besides that, what's it matter anyway?  I recall the Apple "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ad that claimed that PCs couldn't import pictures taken by Japanese digital cameras.  Totally false, but it didn't stop Apple from running the ad anyway.  Apple's going to run whatever ads they want to run regardless.  Competitors should stop cowering in their boots about what Apple's going to do.

    Lastly, Apple's main product isn't the Mac, and you don't see many Mac ads anymore.  Their main product is iPad/iPhone, which can't play DVDs (and can't to a whole LOT of stuff, but you don't see Apple scared to ship the product worrying about ads against the things that iPad cannot do).

  • Sinofsky: The more crapware, the better


    , 01001001 wrote

    AFAIK DVD Player is still in OS X Mountain Lion with no plans to take it out.

    Pop a DVD in a Mac and it just works. Not the special edition OS X, just the regular one.

    With that said, most people use either iTunes, Amazon on Demand, Vudu, or PSN to rent movies. Still, Mac does media way better, and as much as Steven wants to copy Apple, he's not willing to go the last 10%, just like Bill Gates wasn't on Windows 1.0. Unfortunately it's no longer 1985 and people can tell the difference now.

    Enjoy your corner cutting masterpiece.

    The OSX DVD player is a piece of garbage, though.  It hasn't been updated in 10 years and is very much like the 3rd-party DVD players for XP, the ones that folks are suddenly decrying as unacceptable.  Well, OSX DVD player is exactly like those.  Except even worse, what with the mimicing of a physical DVD player controller and whatnot.  So those of you saying that using a 3rd party DVD player bundled by the OEM for Windows 8 is horrible, well it's no more horrible than the DVD player that Apple bundles with OSX.

  • Windows, Xbox, WMP, IE to be banned in Germany

    , Bass wrote

    Motorola initially offered Microsoft a license for their patents but Microsoft refused. I can't say I'm surprised by this.

    Welcome to the enviable conclusion of the software patent wars. All software becomes illegal.

    Motorola's "offer" was a 4 billion dollar per year license fee for their 50 H.264 patents, which is roughly 1.2 million times more than what Microsoft pays for each of the other 2300 H.264 patents.  Motorola's "offer" was bull.

  • Windows 8 Start Menu via Start Button

    I saw the same arguments in this thread when the Office Ribbon was being developed.  Self-described "power users" demanded an option to use the previous UI (which would have been a totally stupid thing to do), and declared that Office 2k7 would fail if Microosft didn't cave to their demands.

    Go back a couple decades, and the same arguments were being made by those that decried GUI and declared that command lines were the height of UI design.

    I recall similar arguments when Apple became the first computer maker to drop support for floppy disks.

    I'm not even sure what the big deal is, since the complainers in this thread can easily program their own start menu in about an hour.  Maybe you guys can use it as a business opportuinty and sell your solution to the public.  Those that don't want to or can't program their own start menu can use Stardock's already available start menu.  Another option is to just pin frequently used apps to the task bar so that you can avoid using start menus or start screens altogether.

    Back in the day, I was of the mindset that software should provide all sorts of user options (e.g. an option to turn on Start Menu, or an option to turn on the pre-Ribbon UI in Office, etc), but I changed my mind a few years ago.  Adding user options adds bloat and means you have to maintain multiple settings going forward (for example, forever maintaining the old menu/toolbar UI in Office would be assinine), and lots of times it indicates a lack of confidence in what you're doing.  Rather than do that, you do the real work to determine what is better, and then go with it.