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  • I'm not happy with Windows 10 (details inside) - am I missing something?

    Companies like WindRiver (vxworks) , Green Hills Software and many others make fortunes from selling subscriptions and upgrades.  Microsoft for the most part could easily charge for windows 10 so I don't buy that argument.   They are not charging for it because they want it everywhere so that they can push their phones.   They also are taking a cut on store apps which is another business model where they don't have to do much and just take a cut.   Another reason to not like UWP and store app model is the way it is deployed through Microsoft and the author loses control.

  • I'm not happy with Windows 10 (details inside) - am I missing something?

    @bondsbw: I like Windows 10 for many reasons but you know Microsoft has a strategy to advertise a billion users on Windows 10.  If Windows 10 was really that great they would charge for it like any normal business would do.  If you have a strategy to beef up your phone sales you give away Windows 10 to say write code for windows phone and you have a billion customers.  That is also why they want UWP applications and are ignoring standard windows desktop applications.  My opinion is it wont work and the windows phone will be gone.  They will need to regroup and find ways to make money on windows 10, its applications, Azure, and maybe even applications for Android and iPhone.  Maybe they (I hope) bring back the power of the laptop and desktop with depth, color, etc.

  • I'm not happy with Windows 10 (details inside) - am I missing something?

    @bondsbw: Yes but it is a free upgrade.  If people thought it was really better,  and it costs nothing, I would expect a larger uptake.   The real reason for Windows 10 is so Microsoft can tell developers if you write an application for a Window 10 phone, you get 1 billion users.  I don't know too many developers who are really that stupid to buy that story.  Microsoft will eventually give up on the phone,  keep some tablet awareness in their OS,  and return to concentrating on the desktop and business users.  We will come full circle and this will become a bad story like Coke changing their formula.

  • I'm not happy with Windows 10 (details inside) - am I missing something?

    , BitFlipper wrote

    *snip*

    You have to consider that MS doesn't see this as a problem at all. So they aren't going to provide a long term solution, let alone a short term solution.

    They must feel there is some problem just based on how many people are sticking with windows 7.   I would look for a third party solution to theming but I have not seen one that works well on Windows 10 and I hear that Microsoft is not making it easy to create third party themes.  By the way, I bought that 40" monitor also,  took a bit to get used to but I do like the real estate. 

  • I'm not happy with Windows 10 (details inside) - am I missing something?

    Why cant they at least offer a theme that fixes some of these problems for a short term solution?

  • Joe Duffy started blogging about Midori

    @bondsbw:Yes that is the main frustration.  It is not that a research group develops something for many years which can be useful.  It is the disconnect that the guy running the research is not selling the idea and application of the research to the company so it can be used.   It probably is that the leaders of Microsoft are not sure what is needed or what to do.  It is always safer to do nothing than to take risk on an idea.  I feel sorry for all the researchers who I feel wasted their time on an experiment that gets tabled.  Yes we all learn something but a company like Microsoft in a competitive field has to make the best of it's investments.  I am not seeing an improvement in offerings to what I do which is Desktop Engineering Applications.  In fact, I would argue it is getting worse.   I now know it is not a resource problem because resources are being wasted.  I really cannot tell what direction they are going.    Bring out Silverlight, get everyone excited about it, and kill it off.   Bring out .NET with C#,  move developers from MFC and C++ to new technology for Desktop Applications.  A couple years later tell everyone native is the way to go and go back to C++ and MFC.     Would be better to native compile C# but I have not seen much in that direction.   I wont even mention mistakes like Windows 8 and that Windows 10 is not enough to move off of Windows 7.    It all points to weak Leadership with no long term vision. 

  • Joe Duffy started blogging about Midori

    @TheTraveler: Yes I agree.  It is only an opinion and I know a lot of people enjoy his posts.  I like some of them too but I always work in product development and finishing saleable products is always the goal for me.   Some people enjoy experimentation and theories and I get that.   Research does eventually have to pay off and it seems Microsoft needs to finish some things.  I really would like to see the C# native compiler be released for all applications and not just UWP.

  • Joe Duffy started blogging about Midori

    I get tired of reading his blogs and I am not interested in someone who cannot produce a deliverable product.   Put a useful product to your name as an accomplishment and I will respect your ideas more.   Anders Hejlsberg developed Pascal and C# and he gets my respect.  He made a difference to developers lives.   Joe Duffy just talks ideas and technology that never sees the light because it is not practical and useful.   If Joe gets Midori to be useful or can get something that makes Microsoft money so his research can justify his liability that would allow me to respect his thoughts. If he wants to be a writer that's fine,  just don't pretend to be a product developer. Research with no practical outcome should be done at a university.  Microsoft wasted time and money and we still have many missing pieces for windows 10, apps, and future desktop development. I know this opinion is a little harsh but I think Microsoft needs to deliver more in terms of technologies that are useful for application development.

  • Windows 10 + 4K Monitor - Painful

    Yes we need some real depth and borders.  Microsoft keeps going backwards.  

  • should VW engineers be responsible for the scandal?

    The engineers are responsible.  They are responsible for making a good diesel engine that performs great but pollutes maybe a little too much.  So to make the customer  happy they just put in a small feature to change operational parameters when pollution testing is happening.  The result of them being caught will cause the small diesels to die out because the new ones will suck in performance and nobody will buy them.   I think the VW stock holder will suffer and the engineers will be fired. They will find a good position in government or wall street because that type of out of the box thinking is what the world needs.