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  • windows changes and what goes on at hq

    , bondsbw wrote


    You and several others on this board just seem to hate the idea of change.  All I can say is, get over it.  It happens, and it will continue to happen so long as there is healthy market competition.

    No you and several people want UI changes.  Financial numbers speak loudly and you are wrong if you think you are in the majority.   You can tweak things and add major features and improvements but keep the learned experience stable.  People want to become more efficient and more productive so I want to learn new things and not relearn old things.

    If Microsoft wants to make a new product that is really new and not touted as a replacement I am all for that.  This can be for guys like you who like new toys and don't make money using an OS like the majority of us.   There are a lot of new applications to write to solve problems and that is where I want to spend my time.   I don't want to teach my customers how to use an OS again for funs sake.

  • Does C# need AOP built in?

    You can inherit from multiple interfaces which helps.  I do miss multiple inheritance for classes just to make things easier at times but nothing is perfect.

  • Microsoft Watch

    So now these can be ordered in the UK and more available for everyone.  Ian did you order one?  (or are you saving money to go to Build?)

    Microsoft Band Available in UK



  • Windows Phone 8.1 development on Windows 7 PC

    That's why a lot of us upgraded to windows 8.  Windows 7 does not have Windows phone 8.1 development capability.  This is old news.

  • Build 2015 Giveaway

    @hchwa: They will give away a HoloLens and probably some other wearable device.  No more surface giveaways.(they have done that too many times)

  • Sprint-time for Hitler ....

    @vesuvius: I also see that the bigger the company/group is,  the longer it takes to develop.   If you could get a larger organization to work like a startup the schedules would shrink.  Large organizations need project management and everything is structured.  The faster more experience developers slow down because they wont do more than the sprint requires.   A lot of people get involved to discuss schedules and features etc without a lot of pressure on delivery.  Spread the blame so no individual is in the hot seat.  Also, since Visual Studio is already out in the world making money for the company,  the next best thing is not really needed.  Its not like a new product.  

  • Very cold in the queue this morning ...

    They will announce it but it will be hard to get I imagine.  Microsoft's Band has not been available online for over 2 months.   This will be a growth area if it covers health and we can measure blood pressure, glucose levels etc.  It will be like having a doctor monitoring your health 24 hours a day.  I will also be interested in what apple watch has for battery life or charging options. 

    By the way, Microsoft did release an API for their Band product.

  • Build 2015 Giveaway

    I have the Microsoft Band and it is a great product.  Nice to see the SDK come out.  I wonder if the shortage is related to west coast shipping port delays and might now be resolved.

    Would be nice if the giveaway is the HoloLens and a new Band.  Looks like Build is now officially sold out.  Waiting list must have cleared.

  • Windows 10 on Rasberry Pi 2

    What does raspberry PI do over something like the Intel Galileo 2 with Windows on it?  I think the Galileo is good for non UI stuff but if you need GUI then looks like Raspberry PI is what you want.   Also one is Intel based and the other Arm.  You won't have windows 10 IOT version till later for the Pi so there is no hurry to get one.


  • Microsoft Watch

    , TexasToast wrote

    I have hand my band for a while and I have to say so far I like it.   It could be a bit more comfortable to wear and it is a little difficult to use.  I wish there was a way to have the step counter calculation which also calculates distant, to be able to perform a self-tune.  In other words, when you turn on GPS for a run, it is very accurate on distance.   The step counter seems about 10-15% short.  So 4.5 miles is only 4 miles when using step counting with out GPS.   You would think it is a no brainer to just say calibrate and then the step counter would be more accurate.   I cant really tell how accurate the heart monitor is but it seems ok at this point.   I will try the step counter on a treadmill and see how the treadmill distance compares with the band calculation.

    Well after 2 months of use (using GPS on some runs) the step counter has recalibrated.  It was off by 20-25% on the treadmill but now is right on the number.  I guess they needed a long sample time before they self calibrated.  Would be nice to know more of the internal software in these bands.   I want to buy another one but they are still sold out.  I was very skeptical and did not think it was a useful device.   Now I wear it all the time and think it really helps me keep my fitness on track.  (even sleeping)   It would be nice to know there plans for the future.  A mp3/wma player with a headphone jack or Bluetooth headphone support would be the frosting on the cake.