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  • dagamer34 - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    I'm glad Microsoft is doing all the right things to make sure battery life is maximized:

    1) Apps don't run in the background
    2) No plugins in Metro
    3) System tries to get to a low power state as fast as possible
    4) Requests to use WiFi/3G radios are coalesed so they are powered down more frequently
    5) Push notifications service

    All good signs they are quite serious about bringing the world into the next revolution in PC computing.
  • xdrol - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    I fail to see why plugins are bad for battery. AdBlock/NoScript makes websites slimmer. Flash plays videos using less power than HTML5. RSS and notification plugins allows me to skip the main page of a website and jump to the article I need, so I download and display less ultimately. Reply
  • DocJones - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    I agree I see no reason not to support plugins like AdBlock or NoScript. Shouldn't the effect on battery life by my choice as the consumer and not forced on me by the vendor? This is one of the things I hate most about Apple. If MS is going to simply clone Apple's business model... why not just choose Apple? Reply
  • ViRGE - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    Technically speaking, AdBlock/NoScript are add-ons, not plugins/extensions. The difference is important, because add-ons are sandboxed scripts with limited functionality; plugins are for all intents and purposes applications. This makes plugins very capable because they have near-to-full OS access, but it's also what makes them such a big security vulnerability.

    In any case you can have one without the other. Mozilla could throw out extensions while still keeping add-ons.
  • name99 - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    Well the hater crowd committed to "flash good no matter what" a year ago, and I guess they have to stick to that position now, no matter what experience, common sense, and other companies say...

    Just be aware, the longer you continue defending an indefensible position, the more you look like a fool.
  • FATCamaro - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    This wasn't the reaction you had when Steve Jobs killed Flash last year I bet.... Reply
  • steven75 - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    Every single thing in that list is something Apple already did a few years ago.

    That doesn't mean it's not the best path for Microsoft, though I think their claim of "no compromises" is already proving to be false as judged by this article alone.
  • solipsism - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    Is it just me or does that look like Mac OS X "Lion"'s Mission Control. Reply
  • Synaesthesia - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    It's just you. Looks kinda like Opera's tab thumbnails to me. Reply
  • inighthawki - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    I'm not sure I see even a remote similarity between the two. Reply
  • tipoo - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    Anything with thumbnails on top looks like Apples Mission Control? No. They do completely different things, if anything its more like Opera's full page tabs on top look. Reply
  • iluvdeal - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    Apple not supporting flash on their tablet? Big mistake Apple!

    Microsoft not supporting flash on their tablet? Smart move Microsoft!

    I guess Steve Jobs was on to something...
  • Booster - Thursday, September 15, 2011 - link

    "This is consistent Windows 8's "no compromise" design philosophy - bring in the new without completely throwing out the old."

    Excuse me, but this 'new' couldn't replace the old if it tried, Metro doesn't have even most basic multitasking functions of Windows 95. Hell, Win 3.1 was better than this shiny POS.

    Say you have that IE 10 open, then where's the rest of your stuff? For example, you could need to browse through files while watching a windowed video clip, or edit something, but with this stupid Metro crap you get just one screen and you can do only one thing at a time.

    For example, if I wanted to copy a text for citation from some web page and insert it in a Word document, just how many clicks or movements do I have to perform with Metro? It's even worse than ribbon, people. Hope MS realized this and fires those responsible and this thing needs a major overhaul.
  • JFish222 - Friday, September 16, 2011 - link

    I could see this being a major issue for businesses who started to develop dashboards and line of business apps in Silverlight.

    While I'm not a fan of the tech, its an improvement over the forms paradigm in certain respects. And they FINALLY beefed it up to the point where it is usable for business applications (the lack of security mechanisms in the initial release was a big no no.)

    I'm not saying that HTML5 cannot fill the same roll (and possibly better), just that its sucks for those who already commenced development/deployment.

    Maybe they meant "no plugs . . . except that one!" Or they'll call it "integrated" lol.

    Anyone hear anything on this?

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