Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’
I don’t get it.
They obviously went to a lot of trouble to design a new touch-based interface. But because they need backwards compatibility as well, they have a “traditional” apps isolated into a kind of “Windows 7 ghetto”, something that looks just like Windows 7, and with no visible trace of being integrated into the whole Win8/touch thing… And this is for traditional PC’s. On my PC, I’m apparently going to have to choose which environment I’m using currently, because there’s limited interaction between them. And both worlds are going to suffer from that. (more…)
Two weeks ago, I wrote a post that you might consider “mildly critical”, discussing the brand new Games for Windows Live web-based store, and the countless ways in which it fell apart as soon as you looked at it.
Today, I went to look at their site again, as they have Deus Ex on sale, and, while it is a 10 year old game, and I already have it, I was interested in seeing if they’d opened up the store for people outside America and the UK yet. (more…)
Once again, Microsoft “relaunched” Games for Windows Live, either gambling that if they keep relaunching the same thing, eventually everyone will just give up and start using it, or perhaps that if they keep relaunching the same thing, eventually everyone will just give up and buy an XBox 360 instead. I don’t know. But it is really getting ridiculous.
Unlike the last time it “relaunched”, however, this time it actually has a new feature as well: it is now possible to view (and use) their store from a browser, or so they claim. And what’s more, games can now, apparently, be bought using money, actual human currency, rather than imaginary Microsoft Points.
In practice? Not so much. (more…)
A term that’s become very popular, and which especially Microsoft’s developers seem to champion, is “dogfooding”. The idea that as a developer, you should use your own products on a daily basis, even during development. This exposes you to all the weaknesses and flaws of the product, and makes you much better equipped to deliver a product that’s actually worth using. (more…)