I may make you sick with my opinion, but I cannot help that, nor will I try to change your mind. I just don't see why you should be so intolerant of my reasons for not using the Store.
"I may make you sick with my opinion, but I cannot help that, nor will I try to change your mind. I just don't see why you should be so intolerant of my reasons for not using the Store."
I didn't say you make me sick, it was just a generalisation towards people who have this, I will never use the store attitude, probably because they wouldn't be caught dead using a "Universal App".
Nobody has to use the store if they don't want to, but it's this thing Windows 8 haters have towards it that tick me off a bit, its a bit like the Vista and ME thing, I just get a bit annoyed about all the negativity.
Anyway none of this was aimed at you.
Ok boys and girls, the store is there for those of use who chose to or not to use it. Now Microsoft has yet to go the distance that Apple has with the App store even though in the long run it is what is on the block. It takes time to get something up and working the way the big guys at Microsoft want them, so "Chill,' and give them time to get things up and running . I remember the days when the same kind of bitching was going on about the Apple App store, now folks are finding out it is working pretty much the way they want. It low includes all the heavy weight programs like Photoshop, Microsoft Office for the Mac, etc., etc. At present I am using the Office 2016 preview apps (Excel, Word, and Powerpoint that I downloaded from the App Store (Beta), and must I am very happy with the three apps. So since this is still a TP give it a chance and some time. . .
A lot of people also forget that many "Classical" applications need either multi -Windowed operation or the use of more than one monitor. For example imagine translating text from one document into two other languages -- with only one window or a single full screen it becomes hideous. - Same issue for example if you are looking at an Engineering drawing and you want to select a small piece of it - you can show this on a separate monitor while referencing it on another screen .
I'm also sure loads of people copy bits of text / pictures / etc from one application into another say from EXCEL into POWERPOINT.
Multiple web sites being open concurrently is also a good idea when comparing things like Airline prices and flights.
Mobile phones and small touch devices operate an "App" as generally a single task --real work on a desktop is rarely that simple so it's BONKERS to pretend it is and create an identical interface --it just won't work.
For simply wanting to watch a video, simple surfing / emailing or messing about on "Farcebook" etc you don't really need a computer at all -- slabs can handle that quite easily or even the larger sized smartphones - iPhone 4/5, Samsung S4/5/6 etc. Here obviously a single full screen works best.
I think the realisation that a desktop computer IS NOT A MOBILE PHONE and is a separate tool in its own right that needs its own proper interface and GUI is finally getting through to some of those pea sized brains in Redmond.
The Store concept at at Apple is very different -- most people don't have MANY macbooks- usually a SINGLE computer -- now for Windows machines - many people have several if not 1000's in corporate networks. Having to use the Store to download and install programs on loads of computers is simply a total waste of time and bandwidth - not only that unlike Apple with essentially unified hardware windows machines come in a HUGE variety of hardware.
The Store also doesn't contain VERSIONS so if your update goes wrong you can't roll back if you don't have the install file or are unable to get it. I'm sure people especially with ANDROID phones have had issues when apps have been updated and don't work - and you can't get back the previous version. People on this very Forum have complained about the lack of control with automatic updates on build 10041 - especially with things like hardware drivers.