Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 12:12pm

I can't believe that Apple would put out something as hideous looking as the "Control Center" image.

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 11:58pm

They haven't even united WinRT and WinPRT, so there's no hope for WinXRT. It doesn't really matter since Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet says that WinXRT won't be open to developers anyway ... you have to...

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 1:12pm

I hope that MSFT has plans for Surface laptops and desktops because this plan will put a stake through the hearts of OEMs. What is the cause and effect here, anyway? Did MSFT start this or did the...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 3:04pm

Yep, the gaming VM is reserved. In addition, the "shared" VM won't be open to apps either. You have to be "invited", a.k.a. pay a fortune. See the latest from MJF:

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:36am

I'm not sure why they went with the VM scheme unless it's simply a way to isolate the "Gaming" section from the main OS. Win8's core already has high quality full multithreading and...

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 9:21am

Because the WinRT/WinPRT mess isn't limited to just the UI in Win8. They screwed up the programming environment. You didn't approve my previous reply to the C# programmer but it hits on something...

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 10:17pm

C++ has priority over C# in WinRT??? Hardly. We have to use the buggy XMLHTTPRequest2 garbage API for downloading files. And take a look at the lovely WinPRT (WinPhone8). C++ code can't even...

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 8:38am

Oh yeah, he's definitely trying to justify the change to Metro and WinRT. Of course, in his dissertation he fails to cover the case where an established company/product makes the WRONG decision on...

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 7:02pm

By default, Win8 should start up in a mode appropriate for the computer's configuration:

1. Start in the Desktop (with a full Start Menu) when connected to a large monitor/keyboard/mouse/...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:38pm

I believe that there's a 50/50 chance that Win8 will be a fatal mistake for MSFT ... as in sinking the whole company.

MSFT alienated existing users at a time when their competitors are...

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:12am

Item #4 is a problem. There is a reason why Metro apps are "toy-like": WinRT (WinRT = Metro API) was not designed for complex programs. You will never see a WinRT Photoshop app because it would be...

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 2:02am

Metro on a tablet is good and you'll see the other small-screen OSes move towards. It is *not* good on a large-screen device. You can't throw users into a new UI and remove their familiar UI. The...

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:14pm

Whoever broke backwards compatibility *should* be fired. All of those involved. There's no telling how many billions of $$$ their poor judgment will cost MSFT.

The cardinal rule of Windows...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 4:40pm

"And the ramifications of that decision would have impacted far more than just Windows 8/RT: The PC market could have literally collapsed, much as the video game market did in 1983. The fallout...

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 11:38am

I'm more interested in Windows Phone 8 Blue than Win8 Blue. MSFT needs to move the edge swipe UI over to WP8 where it makes more sense (screen space is more precious on a 4.5" phone than on a 10...

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 2:40pm

No Paul, according to TheVerge and other tech sites, Windows Phone 8 hardware will start smoking and self-destruct on those dates, Mission Impossible style!

Keep up the good work (a...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 12:22am

You must have been out partying with Zarian before typing this article! About the only part that makes sense is for there to be a "Server" version without the Metro shell. For everyone else, MSFT...

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 11:25am

By "exposing it to the old Win32 runtime"? Microsoft's Metro *is* a app hosting environment on top of the "old" Win32 runtime, that's all. Try running a WinRT .exe from Windows Explorer -- you get...

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 1:48pm

I don't understand why you're so upset about the Windows 8 team doing their job (prepping a point update to a major release). Going golden on a release doesn't free up the 200+ core devs to work...

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 7:34pm

No, RT isn't a kludge anymore than any other UI framework (User, GDI, and the Win32 shell sit on top of Kernel, too). However, due to the secure nature of the WinRT host environment, Metro apps...

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 1:18pm

devilmaster, the RT APIs are not low-level APIs. They sit on top of Kernel (the user-mode Kernel, just like any other Win32 program) and Direct3D. About the only thing you can say is that GDI is...

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 4:29pm

As an alternative to a mouse you might want to look into the Logitech M-570 trackball:

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Friday, February 8, 2013 - 12:33am

Your problems with the Display Scaling make me glad I'm using an old Samsung Series 7 slate with its 1366x768 pixels on an 11.6" screen. I think the Desktop's physically too small even then (...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 11:48pm

I figured that you would have the best review of the SurfacePro. Other sites have already panned it while contradicting themselves (e.g. the Surface RT's screen resolution was a "lousy" 1366x768...

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 12:37pm

Exactly! WinRT is not compatible with WinPhone8. Just a few of the problems:

1. No edge swipe to bring up the AppBars on WP8. This is a great screen real estate saver and is only available...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 11:12am

Of course Win8 was designed for your type of usage. You still have the Desktop, which is probably the best version of Windows yet. I have a Samsung Series 7 Slate, which uses an older Sandy Bridge...

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 10:47am

I definitely think the "How To" approach to documenting software for end users is the way to go. Previous online docs for my programs were droll listings of features, menu items, toolbars, etc....

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 11:44am

It's not surprising that a hardware company came up with a hardware solution to the screen size and data portability problem. What you want to be able to do is to "throw" your task at hand (e.g....

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 1:24pm

It's not cute, it's the reality (or, at least, it was). You don't want burned out people working on major core changes this soon after release. Bug fixes, minor enhancements, etc, no problem. They...

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:35pm

Regarding your comment, "(They’re just getting “set up” now to drive things forward? What were they doing before?)". You do understand that there are real people behind these products, correct?...

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