Companies can almost ship these tablets and even home PCs for no charge. Where they make money by funneling all the user activity thru the apps that are loaded on the system. I think the browser is going to be marginalized.
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Consider that you have to register with MSFT and then pay a $99 annual fee to deploy an app you have written to your windows phone. Consider also that you cannot run the .NET micro framework on a cell phone.
Something else. Apple is hugely suceessful and profitable despite the fact that the programming languages and frameworks used to code Apple apps are inferior to .NET/C#
The conclusion is that apps written the old fashioned way, by individuals and organizations which are going to use those apps, don't matter. They don't matter that is to the profitability of the company that produces the platform. They also don't matter much to the popularity of the platform.
Windows 8, I am guessing, is all about Microsoft's attempt to bring an IPhone like ecosystem/profit center to the PC desktop. Think of the potential for profit to the provider of the desktop if the user runs a desktop app to make a plane or hotel reservation. Or it a desktop app is used to download and view a movie to their home theater system.
In order for the platform provider to funnel a user's usage of the PC thru its desktop apps, that desktop has to be locked down. At a minimum, a portion of the desktop has to be reserved for apps the platform provider approves of.
Arguably, there is a conflict between individuals who write and distribute apps the traditional way,.direct from developer to consumer, and the new Apple / desktop lockdown way. The new way enables the owner of the OS to profit from the daily use of the PC.
just to complete the circle. I reboot the PC and excel no longer crashes. My PC hardware is not that bad. IE9 crashes maybe once a month.
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I will check on VSTO again. I am looking to put a combobox in a cell that is populated with season codes from a database. Select a season code and the combobox and the cell to the right is populated with styles for the season. Which cascades to a combobox with the colors of the style.
Was going to use the .Validation property of a cell to do this, but the validation list is limited to some limitation that likely dates back to 1992.
Does VSTO replace VBA? Can I double click a cell in the spreadsheet and run .NET code that pops up a WPF form and then populates a row in the spreadsheet from the .NET code? I can attach the VSTO project to an excel spreadsheet just like VBA code? The VSTO code will run on Excel 2007?
I have isolated what is crashing excel 2010 on me. When the button click handler assigns a value to the active cell, excel crashes. Run the code with that single assignment statement commented out, and it runs ok.
-- worksheet double click handler news up a VBA form:
Private Sub Worksheet_BeforeDoubleClick(ByVal Target As Range, Cancel As Boolean)
Dim fm2 As frmDummy
Set fm2 = New frmDummy
Set fm2 = Nothing
-- ok button click handler assigns a value to the active cell. excel 2010 crashes.
Private Sub butOk_Click()
Set r1 = ActiveCell.Offset(0, 0)
r1.Value = "abc" ' <== comment this out. excel does not crash.
Set r1 = Nothing
I am hoping to write some VBA functions that connect an excel spreadsheet user to an ODBC data source. Excel 2010 is crashing left and right on me and hours into the process I can't find the cause. Take away code bit by bit until it stops crashing. Then you put the code back and it still does not crash. Then, put the app back that I had renamed and run it. And it crashes.
Anyway, I am very happy that Access has been replaced by lightswitch. Is there a .NET version of Excel anywhere on the horizon?
I think Anders should run the company. He is far and away the most creative person in the organization. What did Ray Ozzie accomplish at Microsoft? Azure? Is that considered a success?
I think companies that are centered on a product need a product person at the top. Then business and marketing people report to the product person and are responsible for selling the product and making money from it.
"I have no idea what Apple or Google are doing software wise, if they have the equivalent of C# and .NET."
Apple has objective C which you use with XCode, and Google uses the original .NET. It's called Java. It was created far before Anders Hejlsberg, the MSJVM WFC lead(remember J++), decided to "borrow" it when Sun told him he couldn't create non JNI Win32 extensions.
that I know. It is news from many years ago. I have no idea if Apple is using its abundant smarts to improve or replace objective C. Maybe a runtime framework that enables secure code to be written, yet provides all the great programmer productive features of .NET and C#.
as a refugee from the IBM AS400 Microsoft is looking more and more like IBM. The more established the user community becomes, the more its respected members are reluctant to speak critically of the company. The current leadership of Microsoft is really bad. People should be talking about it more. Also, everyone in the community follows the latest changes on their platform, but are oblivious to what is happening elsewhere. I have no idea what Apple or Google are doing software wise, if they have the equivalent of C# and .NET.