MS and Google are good at killing shit! That's why we need
Apps in MS parlance are those little squares on the home screen right?
Similar to Apple Dashboard.
Nice idea but implementation is always shit.
Was thinking about this recently. I want to get a text and screen alert when to bring my potted plants in due to frost conditions. There's dozens of apps that do this. Most charge for the service, some don't. I don't want any of them that go to their server or serve ads.
So I wrote my own and put it on my OpenerNet system. Also added the ability for others in the neighborhood to subscribe for alerts.
Fuck commercial software development.
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I like Microsoft's built-in apps, they work well, and I don't have to go searching the app store for the basic functionality I need. For specialty apps, fine, the app stores and their innovative developers are great. But for basic functionality (mail, calendar, photos, weather, news, alarms, etc.) I much prefer Microsoft's built-in apps, for both convenience, stability and security (and dark mode :-)
Microsoft is all over the map today, no telling which direction they'll switch to at any given time...like wild rabbits, Microsoft is random, unpredictable and chaotic in their movements. The only certainty is that Microsoft is abandoning the consumer market as quickly as they possibly can, which is a problem for those like me who don't like Apple's incredibly boring "walled garden", and those who don't like (and most of all don't trust) the wild-west madness of Google's ecosystem. These days I'm a man without an OS ;-)
Microsoft did tell you - Windows is not the main business focus for them anymore - the cloud and Office365 and selling services are. Now are they going to dump windows as a whole no but the cloud is their focus and have you noticed how they have embraced Linux. 60% of the VM's in MS cloud are Linux today Windows is not MS bread and butter anymore. Microsoft doesn't care what you use to connect to their cloud and services just that you use their services.
I love msft web versions, so I can run them on ubuntu+gnome3 and chromebook. uninstalled office.
One of the reasons Microsoft is pushing the "new-style app" is they're jealous of iOS, which has complete control of distribution distrubtion.
Microsoft would LOVE to be able to kill 3rd party app stores (Steam etc), and force people to sell through Microsoft only.
It's a historical anomaly that anyone can sell and distribute Windows programs, without paying a cut to Microsoft. None of the newer "platforms" have that feature. Ironically, that's also one of the reasons Windows has such a strong market position.
April 12th, 2018 6:04pm
Like Borland came out with a great Turbo Pascal 3.0 in 1983, for $50, which ran rings around any and every Microsoft product at the time, and required NO royalty charges to distribute the run-time library? THAT "historic anomaly"?
Because it did change the rules dramatically.
But I would argue that Microsoft's pricing model was the anomaly -- charging $500 per language, then charging for each program MADE with that language, is simply abusing a monopoly. Which left the door open for Borland to issue a quality product at a nice price-point.
On the other hand, Microsoft did hire away Borland's chief architect for 2 million dollars, and Borland now is a pale shadow of what it once was. So "Microsoft is good at killing shit" still seems to be true.