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Windows 8 Dev Kit Only Does Metro Apps (Unless You Pay)

  1. #11


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    Win7 & 8 64bit / Linux Mint 14


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Do they really think they can just do what ever they want and we'll just blindly follow along?
    Yes they do, they are living in a bubble. They have seen Apple get away with it and genuinely believe they too can drive the market in whatever direction they like.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by mart4494 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Do they really think they can just do what ever they want and we'll just blindly follow along?
    Yes they do, they are living in a bubble. They have seen Apple get away with it and genuinely believe they too can drive the market in whatever direction they like.
    Their delusion will be the death of them.

    Apple and MS are two very different companies with EXTREMELY different customers.

    The consultants and marketing people that came up with this angle should be FIRED as well, as the possibly the WORST CEO in the IT business currently Mr. Ballmer.
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  3. #13


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    To be honest I don't see how this will be a super big problem.


    Large companies are already using the pay version, if they're using Microsoft's SDK at all.
    There are quite a few alternative SDKs available, which which still work fine.
    Smaller developers are free to use last years version, IIRC

    There are still plenty of ways to write desktop applications, even with Microsoft "encouraging" Metro-only development.
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  4. #14


    Mt. Crumpit cave
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    Win 7 Ult X64 SP1


    It appears M$ wants me to use Metro no matter how crappy it is on a desktop. I still think there are far more desktop users than legions of people who are constantly on a mobile device of some sort. If the trend continues, hello Mac!
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    To be honest I don't see how this will be a super big problem.
    Maybe it won't be on it's own. But MS seem to be chipping away here and there at things. They removed WMC. Okay it was considered past it's sell by date by many but still in use by several folks I know. It seems to be all geared towards (paid for) downloaded apps and monthly cloud subscriptions. Okay it's their company (or their shareholders to be more accurate) so what they do is their business. It's also my wallet and what I choose to do with my $$'s is my business and MS seem to simply have dropped the ball over this.
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  6. #16


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    I would wait for official announcement from Microsoft before bashing them. This could be like Vista's "you can't watch non original Blurays" and Windows 7's "it will eat your mp3" all over again.

    What I see here is a clear subdivision of Windows. There is the Windows everyone know and learnt to love (Windows 7, Desktop applications, Visual Studio 2008/2010) and the "new" Windows (Windows 8, VS2011, Metro). People's reaction seems like if the first one will disappear and that's not true. I find normal Microsoft wants to push their "new" Windows with moves like this. We are talking about the same people who used Windows XP for more than 8 years because "it just works". If you don't push that people to something new there is no more os business for Microsoft.

    So right now if you want (free) programming Desktop apps keep using VS2008/2010, if you don't like Windows 8 keep using Windows 7. While there is choice, there is no problem for me.
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  7. #17


    Bahrain
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    Triple Boot: Windows Xp, Windows 7 and Windows Release Preview, Virtual Machine ( Windows 8 )


    if this goes like this, the desktop will disappear in the future...
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  8. #18


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    Windows 7/8


    I can picture the future... At home I run 4-6 apps at once usually, at work it can be 10-14, all laid out on my dual monitors as I need them. Some overlapping, others not depending on the circumstances. In the "futar" where windows is all metro only I guess we'll need to have 6-14 separate monitors of all sizes with single full screen metro apps on each one! Ala the matrix maybe?

    It'll be "awesome!"

    Q.Q
    Last edited by FSeal; 01 Jun 2012 at 16:38.
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