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  • WPF Roadmap published

    edit: never mind, apparently while wpf is part of the .net 4.5.x "look but don't touch" reference sources, it's not confirmed the open source licensed 4.6 reference sources will actually include all the same libraries.

  • Telerik being sold to progress software

    yeah that didn't make any sense to me either. if anything the proliferation of platforms and having to develop cross-platform will probably make this sort of middleware more, not less, in demand.

  • Windows 10 won't be the last major version

    Correct. Windows 8.1 was developed by the full Windows engineering team like a full Windows release, just one with a shorter timeframe (1 year instead of 3). It wasn't developed like a service pack (which are indeed made by a separate maintenance team, WinSE/WinCXE).

  • Windows 10 won't be the last major version

    Seems like they could just make the marketing splash around specific features (or groups of related features added at the same time with an overall "story") rather than monolithic releases.

    Anyway even if they just continue to release annually-ish (like OSX, iOS, WP, etc. - or like 8->8.1->8.1S14->10) that's still a departure from their 3-year pattern, and they could still call them 10.1, 10.2, ... (like OSX).

  • Windows TH?

    @JoshRoss: "Windowth", obviouthly.

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    , Bass wrote


    Right you have to enable dev mode, which is also trivially possible to disable to revert back to the previous state. When you are in dev mode and you start up a Chromebook, for 30 seconds on boot (completely wrecking the "fast boot" niceity too, btw), the thing says "hey, you are in dev mode! if this is wrong, press the space bar." Yes, really, the space bar. There is no "are you sure?" either, it completely wipes your Chromebook the moment you press that space bar, accidentally or otherwise. If you install a different OS, all your files, and everything are gone as Chromebook reverts to its original state.

    There are hardware hacks to avoid this, but even they aren't perfect for many Chromebooks. This is actually my biggest compliant with Chromebook: it's hard to alter, even if you want to.

    lol, I was thinking of buying a chromebook to put some distro on because people on forums said they made good cheap Linux laptops but now I see those people were clearly insane.

  • Windows 9 Leaks

    I'm actually working on Windows in my current contract. Don't say anything, don't say anything, don't say anything, don't say anything, don't say anything ... mmgggmfff mmrrrf mrrrff ... :P

  • something pretty amazing is going to happen with windows phone

    Microsoft doesn't just make money off of Windows, they also make money off of Azure and other services (which are easier to use with MS tools/languages/etc.)

    The Xamarin partnership stuff is meant to keep existing MS developers using MS tools (and therefore make it easier for them to target Windows as well), it's not really aimed at attracting new developers. For that I think they should consider a "reverse Xamarin" strategy: improve Windows' support for common languages and APIs from other platforms - for example with WinRT bindings for Java and OpenGL ES support - and make it easier to target Windows using tools popular to developers on other platforms (Eclipse? Android Studio?)

  • No market for the Pro 2 form factor?

    Have you actually used and held a Pro 3? I really don't think it feels bulkier than previous Surfaces in practice.

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    @itsnotabug: Don't think so. They were always planning to evolve/expand the immersive windowing model (you saw the first step of this in 8.0 -> 8.1), but not necessarily in the direction of merging it with the desktop "overlapping windows" model.