Or other open source software :-)
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Microsoft hikes cost of licensing its software on rival public clouds, introduces Azure 'Dedicated' Hosts
Re: "UWP does solve long-standing Windows problem, safely & easily installing & removing apps"
Not really. What has changed is that when first conceived, a WinRT (basis of UWP) app was sandboxed so that the system prevented it from misbehaving. Now the policy is to open up the whole Windows API to UWP apps so that is no longer the case. Microsoft argues that since you can still install desktop apps, the security benefits of locked down WinRT apps are illusory. However UWP apps are still designed to be easily and cleanly installed and removed, which is the feature I am referencing here.
Re: People need to be warned that Office 365 is not the same as Office 2016 ...
> No you don't. Just install it and it will remove / update the old version automatically.
Sorry, doesn't work in this case. I believe the problem is that the plan change meant a downgrade to a version of Office without Access and probably other differences. Anyway, the documented migration specifies that you must remove Office from Control Panel.
Re: It does what it says on the tin...
Yes it is a preview; but there is not much point in trying stuff out if you do not report honestly on the experience. I like Windows Phone / Mobile etc and would love for Microsoft to get this right and revive the platform somehow. At the same time it is fair to say that Microsoft's media player efforts have a long history of not working right - Windows Media Player has always been slow and prone to throwing up obscure errors - and this stuff is important to the user experience. Streaming your own stuff from OneDrive is a great feature but only if it works reliably.
Re: I went and saw if there was anything about WSUS and Windows 10
I hope you are right, but my guess is that WSUS will not let you off the hook here. Win10 is different from W7 and W8 since "Windows as a service" means that the OS is being incrementally upgraded. Now, how does MSFT make security patches for every possible variant of Win10 since first release? Likely answer is that it will not. It will make security patches for every variant over the last n months, where n in this case appears to be 8. So if you have WSUS and Win 10 Pro, and block all the feature updates, then after n months it won't be possible to apply security patches because the OS is in effect unsupported. Or maybe some security patches will work and others not.
If you want to avoid this, LTSB is the only official solution and that means Enterprise.
Check the FAQ: "True “console” apps aren’t really going to be supported for the IoT core OS, headless or not. You can still deploy and run a standard win32 console app here, it just won’t be connected to any on-device console. When running headless you should just get that black screen. When running headed the only supported UI is via the UWP UI stacks (XAML, HTML, DirectX)."
I think the idea is that your active data is always local so that perf is maintained. Microsoft also says "As core transactional tables grow in size, you may need to archive historical data to lower cost and to maintain fast performance" so I guess shunting stale data to the cloud could help with that.
Re: Right click admin options
OK, so you are beating me up because you can right-click the bottom left corner in Win 8.0 too for the admin menu (or press Win-X).
True, but the reason I mention it is that I most often right-click the Start button in Win 8.1 for the "Shut down or sign out" option which was added - it is not in Win 8.0.
The right-click menu is also more discoverable in Win 8.1, which does not matter once you have discovered it, but that discoverability is improved is also important.
There is another thing you should know about this review. After discussion we agreed not to repeat everything that we had already said about Windows 8.1 Preview, which was reviewed here last month:
Hence the focus on some of the business features. We should have included a link to the earlier piece though, so apologies for that.
re Promo Alert
"Some two years in the making, it aims to simplify the building of business"
... the clue is in the word "aims". I'll add that I'm not sure any tool which generates 4500+ lines of code gloop can be described as creating a best-practice design; but it may still be better than tools like VB which positively encourage bad design.
I still think it is an interesting effort. One of the points not brought out in the article is that LightSwitch does model-driven development under the covers; it is even conceivable that some future iteration might target different platforms - HTML 5 for example - from the same model.
Whether it will survive long enough to get there is an open question though.
Yes, Win 95 had pre-emptive multitasking, for 32-bit apps:
"In Windows 95, all 32-bit applications are scheduled preemptively. Preemptive multitasking allows Windows 95 to switch between 32-bit applications whether those applications are prepared to lose control of the CPU or not. No cooperation between the application and the operating system is required for 32-bit multitasking."
> BUT, a word-processor that doesn't print? Gee, that' IS only something that MS could come up
It is Excel Web App that can't print in the preview. Word prints; it does so by converting to Adobe PDF. This caused me some confusion at first, because printing prompted me to download a file. The reason is that I have Acrobat browser integration turned off. I imagine that Excel will work in the same way eventually, but who knows?
Walmart not so strong in download sales
As far I can tell from the release, Walmart is only ahead of Amazon in overall music sales - the 14% is for download + physical combined. In downloads, it is iTunes 69%, Amazon 8%, and Walmart not stated but around 3% by rough calculation.
Apple's share of the download market seems steady at around 70% for the last three years, despite Amazon's efforts.
About .HTA files
Windows can run an HTML file in a chrome-less IE if you rename it to .hta - stands for HTML Application. Same as Chrome's desktop shortcuts? No. The idea of .hta is to let you run desktop applications build with HTML and script. The idea is the Chrome shortcuts is to run web applications that look like desktop applications. One of the problems with .hta is that it runs with high permissions - good for admin scripts, bad for web apps.
What Google is doing here is trivial on a technical level, but when you combine it with the Gears API and the possiblity of clicking a web button to "install" a browser app on the desktop, it becomes interesting.
... are you suggesting that this is better than the way you can code most other web languages, that is on any platform with a text editor, or using a common IDE that is available across platforms like Eclipse.
Not all all; you can write your web pages / apps however you like. Chromium gives you the source code of the browser, so you can trace why some particular feature doesn't work as it should, or runs slow. Most developers won't bother - advanced coders only!
Ambiguity in XAML
You're right, you could set a property twice, once as an attribute and once as a property element.
If you do, you get an error:
(in your example) "The property Fill is set more than once"
This is messy. On the other hand, if the spec did not allow the shortcut attribute properties, XAML would be considerably more verbose.
Yes, try the trial
I agree with your recommendation: download the trial and try it out. You are right; there is a lot that cannot be said in a short review.
Some of what I said applies equally to Delphi for PHP 1.0, but I have the impression that many are not familiar with the earlier version.
I realise there is some Zend integration and mentioned this in another comment; but it is very limited at the moment.
> And Tim seems to conflate the open source VCL for PHP effort with the
> CodeGear IDE effort.
Well yes, that's the product. You could use the IDE without the VCL, but if you do you lose the distinctive feature of the product, RAD visual development.
> The announced but never released qadram IDE has long been morphed
> into D4PHP
Yes, I said this is its only incarnation. I think its origins are important though; it explains why it has a dedicated IDE, rather than using RAD studio. The VCL is open source, but I'm not sure this works to the advantage of the product at the moment, mainly because insufficient resources are put into it, and the open source community doesn't appear to be large enough to thrive.
I agree that the product has good potential. I spent a relatively large amount of time with it. Unfortunately it is also a frustrating product, thanks to inconsistency, limited documentation. Further, I don't much like the generated code.
But yes, I'd encourage anyone to try it. If a real community can form around Delphi for PHP and its VCL, or if it gets the investment it needs to deliver on its RAD promise, then it could still come good.
> The astute person with knowledge of San Francisco area
> codes will note that MUCH of the example is WAY out of date
The astute person with knowledge of SQL Server will recognize the pubs database that is indeed ancient - but that was my choice, not Microsoft's; I just picked the first data that came to hand :-)