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#16 OP Link_of_Hyrule

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:33

So Google is trying to push their apps on Windows 8. Interesting. Guess what IE9 does that on Win7.

Umm did you even read this thread? Google has said nothing about Chrome apps and Windows 8 specifically this is just a thread with a simple question about making shortcuts to native client apps that has a cool metro icon and launches straight to Metro Chrome full screen.

Anyways I still have yet to hear an explanation from the guy that said it's not possible. I know that you can make shortcuts with custom icons and that Chrome accepts command line options in shortcuts so maybe their are some command line options that would force a shortcut to an app to open up in metro chrome full screen. Anyone know more about this?


#17 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:43

Why would you want this over just making native Windows apps?


Because it's better than supporting Microsoft's attempt to monopolise the Windows software ecosystem market with WinRT apps. Even Android allows you to use alternative app stores, yet Microsoft has complete control over the WinRT market and takes a cut of all apps sold. It seems that Microsoft has learnt nothing from the previous antitrust investigations against them.

The Windows Store is stifling innovation, whereas the Chrome Store is not. If Microsoft wanted to do make a closed ecosystem for a separate tablet OS then that's one thing; trying to force it upon existing Windows users is another (force being a relative term, as although they can't force you to upgrade it becomes difficult to buy a system without it).

#18 OP Link_of_Hyrule

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 09:02

Honestly I think the ARM version of Win8 will fail epically but this thread doesn't have anything to do with that as much as just wanting an easy way to use Native Client apps more easily.

#19 +Brandon Live

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 16:08

Because it's better than supporting Microsoft's attempt to monopolise the Windows software ecosystem market with WinRT apps. Even Android allows you to use alternative app stores, yet Microsoft has complete control over the WinRT market and takes a cut of all apps sold. It seems that Microsoft has learnt nothing from the previous antitrust investigations against them.

The Windows Store is stifling innovation, whereas the Chrome Store is not. If Microsoft wanted to do make a closed ecosystem for a separate tablet OS then that's one thing; trying to force it upon existing Windows users is another (force being a relative term, as although they can't force you to upgrade it becomes difficult to buy a system without it).


You can install desktop apps from anywhere you like. Developers and enterprises can side-load Windows 8 apps. Nobody makes money on app stores, the 20-30% cut keeps the store operating and covers credit card fees. Are you really arguing that developers were better off before app stores came around? That they'd make more money without it? I don't think you've been following the software industry :-)

The Store is a boon for developers and users. For developers it lets them easily get their apps into the hands of users (with just one click), manages transactions, and simplifies the update process. For users it gives them an easy way to discover tons of great apps, while hugely increasing their confidence that they won't/can't hose their system (and thus their willingness to install things to try them out).

As far as competition, the Android devices I've used only allowed app installations from one place (unless rooted/jail broken/dev unlocked). The same is certainly true for all iOS devices. Yet on Windows 8 you still have complete access to the same desktop environment and installation sources/mechanisms you did in Windows 7. I really don't understand the complaint.

#20 OP Link_of_Hyrule

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 20:04

You can install desktop apps from anywhere you like. Developers and enterprises can side-load Windows 8 apps. Nobody makes money on app stores, the 20-30% cut keeps the store operating and covers credit card fees. Are you really arguing that developers were better off before app stores came around? That they'd make more money without it? I don't think you've been following the software industry :-)

The Store is a boon for developers and users. For developers it lets them easily get their apps into the hands of users (with just one click), manages transactions, and simplifies the update process. For users it gives them an easy way to discover tons of great apps, while hugely increasing their confidence that they won't/can't hose their system (and thus their willingness to install things to try them out).

As far as competition, the Android devices I've used only allowed app installations from one place (unless rooted/jail broken/dev unlocked). The same is certainly true for all iOS devices. Yet on Windows 8 you still have complete access to the same desktop environment and installation sources/mechanisms you did in Windows 7. I really don't understand the complaint.


Not to disagree but unless you had a kindle or a nook 99% of Android devices out of box you can just check the little box that says allow installing applications from unknown sources and install an apk from any place you like. There are certain applications that require root access in order to work properly but that's because most of the things you need root for an average consumer wouldn't need or want to do. That being said you can install the Amazon App store and what used to be the GetJar app store as well as several others to your device without being rooted.



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