Windows 8 App Development: A Burden Or A Breeze?
Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:23 AM
The apps/types of apps I *really* use are:
* various dictionaries (mainly on the iPhone, which I always carry in my shirt pocket)
* iAnnotate -- great for commenting on PDF files, etc, etc
* Wolfram Alpha, science calculator, etc
* Facebook, LinkedIn, etc (FB policy of leaking info, etc may soon put an end to that)
* Kindle app, Zinio app for reading magazines (not quite happy with their behavior, though; the Apple newsstand is not an amternative: I subscribed on a magazine for one year and paid -- then after 2-3 numbers, the magazine closes, and very few words from Apple about reimbursement))
* Various photo tools (Snapseed is not perfect; use a resizer, etc)
* Games: iBridgeBaron; nothing else
* surfing + calendar + reading documents, etc.
Most of these apps/app types will surely come to the "Metro" plattform. And I expect e.g the Office tools to be far superior to similar iOS tools.
Why would I switch to W8?
* file system, file system, file system! Currently, I can open PDF files from SkyDrive using iAnnotate, make comments in file, but how do I save it back to the "cloud", automatically preserving the name? I *assume* this is built in W8/WP8??
* but iOS is "instant on" -- faster than W8/WP8?? Maybe, but starting e.g the Apple word processor takes up to 10s…
In the future, I want a media player with built-in support for controlling NAS, etc in media streaming to stereo/surround equipment -- will I get it?
Working with students, I think there is a marked for student tools which doesn't exist today on any platform. "OneNote" on steroids?? But I'm not a developer.
OK: I'm probably not an average user, and I'm sure lots of other apps are needed. But is 400k a measure of success/quality? No.
Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:08 AM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:18 PM
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:39 PM
Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:56 AM
I have been using it for about 4 months now, its, more secure and faster than win 7. And it more user- friendly for computer illiterate people. I was skeptical at first about the UI changes but if you dont like it just use desktop mode.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:30 PM
Microsoft is still living in the pre-app world.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:11 PM
Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:02 AM
I agree with you, i also saw many images of it before customer preview release and youtube videos of it. I was also thinking that its gonna be hard to use it on desktop but now im using windows 8 on non touch desktop without an issue.
Basically the only reason why windows tablets before ipad didnt succeeded is because it was made for cursor and keyboard only..
Now windows 8 can be a successful tablet and desktop OS if the Developers keeps compatibility of both in mind.