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  • Windows 8.1 RTM delayed for MSDN/Technet Subscribers?

    That's not necessarily a reflection of anything more than the software not being ready yet.  You can't release it on MSDN a couple months early if it isn't done a couple months early.  As product cycles get shorter, that two months becomes a more significant chunk of bug-fixing time.

    But that's still a problem if you are trying to have your product ready at launch.

  • channel9 future talk with xbox team questions

    , figuerres wrote

    *snip*

    Microsoft says that it's an 8 core x86 right on this page:

    http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xboxone/what-it-is

    I can imagine they did some fancy stuff but that is what they say it is, it does not say what they did and thus my question about the changes and all.

    There's probably a certain amount of PR simplification in that statement.  It doesn't seem to match some of their other statements.  It sounds like we will learn the real details at E3.

    8GB of memory isn't much to keep 8 processors fed.

  • channel9 future talk with xbox team questions

     

    , spivonious wrote

    What level of interoperability will there be between Xbox and Windows 8 apps? Can I write something once in WinRT and have it just work on the XboxOne?

     

    , evildictait​or wrote

    No.

    *snip*

     

    Really? Why not? 

    I haven't seen any official info yet to answer this question one way or the other (unless you have some additional info to share) -- just lots of speculation and guesses. 

    Granted, this may not work out of the box at launch.  But it would seem that if this is NOT exactly where things are headed then MS is really missing the boat.  (Note that I am talking about the "apps" side of things, not the "games" side.)  The whole point of being able to run apps in parallel would be to run regular apps out of the app store, the same as you would on your other Modern devices.  The Xbox "One" brings together your [basic] computing needs with your gaming and entertainment needs in one device. It would be crazy to expect developers to make special versions of apps that only work on this device.  Nobody would bother.

    It seems inevitable that we will see the APIs converge for these devices (including WP8 eventually) into a write-once-run-throughout-the-MS-ecosystem design.  Otherwise, what would be the point to the whole "Modern UI on all devices" strategy?  I don't think I have seen anything that would be a technical hurdle to this -- only the time and resources to get it done.

  • Quick, launch Microsoft Reader ! :-)

    , kettch wrote

    @Bass: Oh, you will welcome them. Google Glass, from the instant I first saw it has always reminded me of this:

    Ha Ha!  Yeah, that probably comes bundled.

  • Build Conference 2013?

    @Ian2:I would think that a Surface Phone would be more likely ... but you never know.  IMO, 7" is too small for a tablet anyway.

    It wouldn't be too unthinkable to expect new phone and Xbox hardware showing off APIs that are better integrated with W8 (i.e. more merging together of the platforms).

  • Build Conference 2013?

    @kettch:  Could be worse.  I can't even accept anything over $50, period.  I can't accept more than one free meal.  The trip has to be approved not only from the travel budget but also by an "ethics" review board from human resources (for conflicts of interest or potential bribes), and it has to be approved by a Vice President by the second week of January for anytime in the year.  You can't just pop in a month before the event and say "I want to go".  Not that such a trip would ever be approved anyway.

    If I want to go to an event like this, it is on my vacation time and on my dime.  Thank goodness for the Ch9 coverage of these events.

     

    I don't expect there will be much swag this year anyway.  Probably just a flash drive with Windows Blue on it.

  • Using just any unsecured WiFi - stealing?

    It's pretty black and white.  If you are using someone else's wireless connection (whether secure or insecure) without their knowledge and permission, than you are in the wrong both morally and, in most places, legally as well.  Even with the owner's permission you are still not in the clear.  Many large service providers, like Comcast, explicitly prohibit any sharing of the network connection in their terms of service.  Most service providers also do have bandwidth caps or variable cost plans.  Throw in liability concerns, risk of infections or data theft, etc., and it's just a bad idea.

  • Congratulat​ions, Dr. Groot!!

    Congratulations Sven.

  • XAML futures

    , ZippyV wrote

    *snip*

    Yes, I think WinRT will be extended to desktop applications. I believe Microsoft focused on Metro apps first for the Win8 release because it was the most urgent one (tablets) while desktop apps already have an existing ecosystem. Now the focus is on bringing WinRT to the desktop so that these new apps can be integrated with the App store and communicate with other WinRT/Metro apps.

     

    I agree.  It took a huge effort, and all available resources, just to get Win8 and related products out the door.  They obviously chose to defer desktop updates to get the new products out the door, as would anybody.  I expect it was in the plan all along that the next wave would move some attention back to the desktop.  WinRT (or some variant of it) will be extended to bring the same programming models and APIs to the desktop.  XAML (and HTML) clearly will play the same role there.  .NET is no different than it was other than targeting WinRT now.  It only matters to the compiler.  Write in a .NET language or a native language as you wish, it doesn't matter.  I think (hope) that the next releases will show a lot of unification and cleaning up of the rough spots.

    The big problem has been a string of developer-relations disasters.  So, they wanted to keep the details of Win8 a secret -- fine.  But a series of poorly worded statements, followed by deafening silence did a lot of damage with developers.  Products that people were deeply invested in have been orphaned without any real direction of where things are headed.  Old technologies still work, but for how long?  Microsoft used to be so good about developer/product roadmaps -- one of the best companies I have ever seen for laying out the plan for where things were going and when they would arrive.  We need that back.  A lot of confidence has been lost.  We all know how much harder it is to bring customers back after you have lost them.  MS needs to let the world in on the secret sooner than later, before programmers slip any further away.

     

  • How sad

    My old Linksys gear was pretty reliable ... until a series of power company surges fried it all.  Linksys became a mess when Cisco took over, so Belkin could hardly do worse.  Prices should go up by a factor of ten overnight if they follow the standard Belkin pricing, so nobody will buy the stuff anyway.  I'm mostly using dlink stuff at the moment, which has been reasonable.  The DIR655 is a pretty good wireless router.  Options for consumer-grade network equipment have been pretty weak lately.