Re: Microsoft and hardware
Anyone who still keeps saying "M$" can't really be taken seriously.
139 posts • joined 14 Jun 2012
"Microsoft decides, never admits a mistake, never apologizes and very, very rarely accedes to customer demands"
This is just actual bullshit. The Windows Insider program had literally millions of people giving feedback and shaping Windows 10. They put the Start menu back because too many people cried.
1. Why is actual serious commercial software being written in a language where you have to include and external component just to left pad a string?
2. Why is actual serious commercial software being written using components that are themselves written by unpaid bedroom coders and chancers who have no liability, no SLA etc.. Who are the idiot project managers who allow this?
"Windows says the equivalent of
'Sorry Dave, I can't let you do that'.
When I tell it to eject the drive.
Yet, there is nothing using it."
Something *is* using it, you just don't know what it is. Sure Windows ought to be better at telling you what is using it and in fact Windows 8.1 onwards does usually tell you.
"Is that 30% really stopping anyone more writing them? No, it is the fact that there is no one is buying Windows Phones, meaning you will make a pittance whether you collect 70% or 100% of the top line revenue"
You actually make a decent amount because any app you write doesn't have much in the way of competition. Most apps written for Android sink without trace.
"If this is true then MS are intending to lock out of the Windows pc market every independent software producer on the face of the planet"
Well they aren't intending to do that, there's nothing they've done that suggests that they've done that and you'd be an idiot to believe the tin-hat brigade that are ranting about scenarios that they've invented.
"As written, it's clearly a plural ("2 bridges") followed by a 'was'. It could have been written "Having two bridges was unnecessary"; but it was truncated into incorrectness. "The idea" (offered as a counter-example) is singular. Thus perfectly non-applicable"
The very nature of the article is that of the two approaches only one is really necessary. Therefore in the sentence "two bridges was unnecessary", we know that it's referring to the "idea" of two bridges, therefore it's singular. If the sentence had been "2 bridges were unnecessary", it would have implied that both bridges were unnecessary, and perhaps that there were actually more than two bridges.
Compare these two sentences:
"It was not necessary to have two bridges"
"Two bridges was not necessary"
If you think the second sentence ought to be "were", then reconsider when you see these two sentences, because that's effectively what you're saying:
"Two bridges were not necessary"
"It were not necessary to have two bridges"
In short, "two bridges was not necessary" is correct.
"If true then they burned the wrong bridge. The "run apk in simulator" approach could have worked - and can't have been that difficult given that Android simulators already exist for development use. "
Ah yes, I imagine your finger in the air research definitely trumps their thousands of man hours of research. Android simulators exist, but they only work to a decent level of performance on PC hardware. You can't start emulating apps on a phone and expect them to perform just as well as they do in similar hardware with native Android.
"So."a lot" of people told you that you wouldn't need to develop a bridge tecnology for iOs and a seperate one foe Android because even though they are 2 very different things it would be "unnecessary"?"
The thinking is that most app developers have an iOS and Android app already and to create a WP app, only one needs to be ported. They've done a lot of work and decided that it's easier and/or the results are better when the iOS version is ported and therefore dumped the Android porting tools. The only problem is, Microsoft should have done this research and made this choice before making any announcements like they did at Build last year.
That's the impression I've got when I've spoken to them. I don't think the front line people know it's a scam. They're following instructions and training but they don't really understand the tech. They're given 'leads' (which are just random numbers), and they attempt to get a sale. Some of them get really defensive when you tell them they're part of a scam.
Where they will have seen how developers make much more money since the apps-to-users ratio is much much better. The Android store is *so* broken now because it's impossible to charge for anything. I don't know why developers even bother with it.
I work with some women who turn up every day looking like they're going out on a night out. Loads of make-up etc.. There's simply no reason for anyone to turn up to work with make-up on. Be neat, be clean, but as soon as you start applying transient stuff designed to make you appear more attractive (including certain attire), then you'll be judged in that way. It would the same for blokes too, but blokes very rarely do indulge in this. Simply put, if you turn up for work looking like you want to be judged on your appearance, you'll be judged on your appearance - to the detriment of being judged any other way.
"Has anyone actually recorded who makes all the 100k+ apps? Could it perhaps be that the majority are all MSFT ones?"
Ah... conspiracy theories... Maybe Apple did the same huh? Maybe Google did the same huh?
Or perhaps the development environment, languages and tools are streets ahead on Windows.
A friend of mine and his wife have a Samsung TV in their bedroom. I did point out that it's connected to the internet and it has a camera on it pointing at the bed. He didn't seem to concerned that he might be releasing his own sex tape soon. Perhaps he just doesn't get lucky very often...
Whenever The Register posts an article about Windows 8, Phone 8 or Metro, the comments section is filled with mongs saying they don't like it, whilst at the same time showing that they don't understand it or have massive holes in their understanding. They moan about being unable to do things that in fact, they can. They moan about missing features that are in fact, present. It's incredible.
This time, the surface angle. The Register seems keen to forget that the Surface is in a market with all other Windows 8 machines whereas the iPad is not. Microsoft has deliberately balanced the Surface's availability and exposure to keep their competing OEMs sweet. The Register really ought to know and understand this.
Mate, if you're really expecting a Windows Phone all to be able to run Windows apps and you also think that makes any kind of sense, then I don't think you really understand the market.
Secondly, the Windows Phone platform is the most solid smartphone experience I've ever had. It doesn't crash, like ever. It just works, all the time. My brother has Android and the comparative experience he has with his devices is hilarious. He's constantly upgrading to the next new model in the hope that it'll finally be solid and fast enough, but it never seems to be.
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