Once Google start creating iOS apps and telling you that their search app has a better experience natively, I think you need to rephrase that to 'always bet on web services'. Facebook also bet heavily on the web on the phone initially but ended up going native (I still use their web app mind because their native app drains my battery)
the question is not will "I" be willing, it's will clients who pay for the work ask for it, in particular we need to have customers that today are only asking for iPhone / Android phone and tablet apps start asking for windows versions of them.
that is where the problem is.
A lot of the apps on my iPhone advise you to download the app instead of using the browser, whether it is a newspaper, social networking app or a banking application, all would rather you used the app as it is a far better experience.
The only thing I can think of is that Microsoft's workforce is as agile as they are with the way they deliver software, and they have lost and continue to lose good people too easily. Facebook and Apple appear to have better retention, and with that comes people that absolutely love what they do and it shows in the end product, developers in sprints just do what has to be done, never any more.
I think them releasing another platform or framework if the current one does not work will really mean they may as well give up. Apple are now talking about taking over the workplace, Microsoft have been playing catchup in the mobile space and I fear Windows may go the way Windows Mobile went, it is now a possibility.
Agile software delivery means flexibility in delivering products, but quite a nightmare to build products on top of, as naturally things are more changeable. I have been working with SSRS/SSIS and though the quick updates to VS 2013 meant we got it quickly at the time, it was never in step with SQL, so what you have is a vastly unstable Visual Studio 2013 and SQL Data Tools with reproducible bugs, but the focus long shifted away and you're stuck with it, because the thinking is that people will just upgrade. There is no support for SSRS/SSIS for the current Visual Studio so there are drawbacks in they way things are now done.
I just hope they get to a stage where they say modules 1, 2 and 3 are now stable in Azure and unlikely to change. As a consumer and third party, there is still great value in getting a shrink wrapped piece of functionality that won't change for a long time because you can concentrate on building a suite of functionality rather than having to rewrite your software every year or so because support and API's are being dropped for something that you rely on heavily.
As for communication davewill, you can forget it, talk nowadays is always about what they would like to build, or what they are about to release but seldom about engaging with the community the way they used to, you just need to look at how the Evangelism team now operate, they just don't engage with the community they way they used to, I hope things change.
@spivonious: Jury's still out on that one, I will try it when I get back home, but it appears quite tucked away i.e. you need to go to a settings screen and enable it. I have however displayed confirmation bias in finding problems when they are not there with Windows. When I went into my pictures on skydive, everything looked like it was being re-synched.
I will try recreate this, but in all honesty, I am just glad it is reversible
Yes, that looks to be the case.
Silly mistake if not a little embarrassing but will be pretty pleased to get the old UI back.
Many thanks all!
@magicalclick:There is a Start Menu but it takes the whole screen like Windows 8.1. If you click on top of the start button, you get an alphabetic list to choose the app you want to run.
I think it is probably best to wait and try it out yourself, as all I was thinking was they moved my cheese? I have used every Windows version since Windows 3.1 so am used to things working a certain way, though am starting to feel that change is happening for changes sake
So, was busy trying to get some TED videos on my iPad last night by copying videos from my Windows 10 desktop, and suddenly, the UI changed completely. Perplexed and surprised, I resolved to apply the traditional fix, and restarted the computer.
The computer updated to the latest Windows version, that is a lot more like the Windows 8 Metro Start screen, so some here will be pleased. They also have gotten rid of the search box that was the slowest search function inside any Microsoft product.
My first impressions are that it is as buggy as hell, they probably have withdrawn the release to fix some issues. It took the best part of 30 mins to learn how to use Windows again, but it seems there has been an argument inside Microsoft and supporters of Sinofsky won. The desktop feels deprecated again, and quite frankly it is a strange OS to use.
I think this release will divide opinion, but it will be like Marmite or Peanut Butter Jello, you will either like it or dislike it a lot.
I probably won't express dissatisfaction at my computer updating out of the blue, without any warning or offering me a chance to defer, obviously they have decided that they have a way of dealing with any criticism around this.
Snapchat (software I know nothing about) has reached 6 billion daily views, 2 million a day less than Facebook. They are only iOS and Android, Windows Phone wouldn't add much to that number.
If I was Microsoft I would be trying to get big business to develop enterprise apps as they might (note might) still have a chance there. A lot of website are not suggesting that I download the App on my iPhone as though HTML gives you write once run everywhere, it is plain poor on a phone.