Chuckle. M$, which rode to power on the backs of developers and OEMs and retailers, is kicking them all as if those slaves were masochists. The latest beating is the release of “8.1” to OEMs but not to developers, even the most loyal developers who will immediately have problems supporting their software when OEMs ship “8.1”.
“Honestly, if you develop software for Normal Windows, Metro-style Windows, or Windows Phone at the moment, you might as well just give up. No other firm has the gall to behave like this in our industry. The approach is tremendously disrespectful to Microsoft’s software development partners.
Every single operating system vendor gives early sight of releases. You may need to sign-up for some yearly program, but Apple, Google, BlackBerry, they all do it. They have always done it. Only Microsoft is stopping.”
There’s one thing that’s sure about watching a train-wreck. It’s hard to look away even as blood is being shed. M$ is even giving us replays. I suspect this is all about the “end days” of empire with everyone trying to maintain semblance of good order while fighting over scraps of food.