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  1. Moiz Mian's Avatar
    Don't know what you're going on about dude, but the Microsoft device eco system is the most fluid, innovative and consistent system out there. The "problems" you have pointed out are developers, not Microsoft. Stop moaning and just enjoy it.
    You guys are missing the point. iOS development allows you to cross compile for all ipads and iphones. Make an app for one, and it's available on the other. Sure Windows has 8 million programs that you can use on the desktop, but they suck for touch/tablets. It was Microsoft's idea to unify all 3 screens, so their app store should be one for 8/RT/WP8. Obviously Microsoft is now slowly slowly moving forward with this in WP8.1/Threshold. But I think the OP's point is that Microsoft is being too slow about this. Looks like it'll be another 2 years before they get the app stores unified. That was a developer only has to make an app for one and it'll work across all 3, aside from basic UI changes.
    03-17-2014 03:05 PM
  2. Xellsama's Avatar
    You guys are missing the point. iOS development allows you to cross compile for all ipads and iphones. Make an app for one, and it's available on the other. Sure Windows has 8 million programs that you can use on the desktop, but they suck for touch/tablets. It was Microsoft's idea to unify all 3 screens, so their app store should be one for 8/RT/WP8. Obviously Microsoft is now slowly slowly moving forward with this in WP8.1/Threshold. But I think the OP's point is that Microsoft is being too slow about this. Looks like it'll be another 2 years before they get the app stores unified. That was a developer only has to make an app for one and it'll work across all 3, aside from basic UI changes.
    I think the problem is that MS grouped "tablet" with desktop rather than with phone. They try to advertise/promote/develop it as your everyday powerful PC, but in reality the tablets are not even as well-designed as WP8. I agree that Windows RT is not a smart idea and only caters to a very niche market (sad, because I lined up on launch day in NYC to get a Surface RT), but since OP has a full Windows 8.1, he should have plenty of options that can make his user experience better. As for the specific app quality problem, developers don't see the need to design an "app" when you have a desktop, hence the lack of quality. For less powerful platforms like iOS, apps are essential for the user(so more willingness for users to pay money to developers), so more effort is put in from developers to make up for the weakness in OS itself, making the whole platform actually stronger in many aspects.

    There is actually also an app store for Mac computers, but its popularity is not much different from the RT/Windows App Store.
    03-17-2014 04:30 PM
  3. Michael Alan Goff's Avatar
    I think the problem is that MS grouped "tablet" with desktop rather than with phone. They try to advertise/promote/develop it as your everyday powerful PC, but in reality the tablets are not even as well-designed as WP8. I agree that Windows RT is not a smart idea and only caters to a very niche market (sad, because I lined up on launch day in NYC to get a Surface RT), but since OP has a full Windows 8.1, he should have plenty of options that can make his user experience better. As for the specific app quality problem, developers don't see the need to design an "app" when you have a desktop, hence the lack of quality. For less powerful platforms like iOS, apps are essential for the user(so more willingness for users to pay money to developers), so more effort is put in from developers to make up for the weakness in OS itself, making the whole platform actually stronger in many aspects.

    There is actually also an app store for Mac computers, but its popularity is not much different from the RT/Windows App Store.
    I wouldn't insult the Windows App Store like that.
    03-17-2014 04:39 PM
  4. HeyCori's Avatar
    This thread is bringing out the worst in people.
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    03-17-2014 05:00 PM
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