Windows 8 aviation apps
Posted 25 October 2012 - 05:06 PM
Does this mean we'll see "Windows" or "Windows RT" versions of WingX, Foreflight, Garmin Pilot, etc? Or will the older,almost forgotten laptop flight-planning products, be refreshed and re-released as Windows "Apps"? What do developers think about the opportunities... or is it a PITA to have another platform?
Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:12 PM
Posted 26 October 2012 - 03:56 AM
Posted 26 October 2012 - 06:48 AM
I rarely use my tablet in the cockpit because my Dynon 10" displays and 696 give me most of the info I need. It ends up a backup to tne backup. I do use it for flight planning because some of the apps make it a lot easier.
We'll probably buy Win8 for our other machines, but I don't expect to be using the touchscreen features anytime soon.
Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:17 PM
You mention you use a W&B sheet that "N9922Z" provided. I'm N9922Z Happy to see that you got some use from my W&B spreadsheet.
Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:43 PM
MS has tried to be a a software company that sells hardware, they have not had a lot of success. I have a Zune - MS answer to the iPod. It works well, but did not sell, they no longer make them. I suspect the same will be true of the Surface.
On the other hand I think Apple will not be able to replace Jobs and eventually they will run out of innovations (they may already have with the incremental changes in iOS, iPhone, and the "big deal" mini form factor iPad.
-My two cents (well ok, maybe it was more like a nickle.)
Posted 26 October 2012 - 03:31 PM
Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:45 PM
Posted 26 October 2012 - 05:03 PM
I remember when IBM handed them the DOS (disk operating system) they had on their smaller main frames so they could concentrate on the PC manufacturing. That was the start of Microsoft and the only thing they did right was the first windows (remember the fish ?)
This is not correct. IBM did not have an OS for their PC and approached a small startup by the name of Microsoft. Microsoft had a product that allowed CP/M to run on an Apple and IBM was after a less expensive way to license CP/M. MS did not own the rights for resale (CP/M was owned by DEC) so they scarfed up a minor product called QDOS from an even smaller company and rebranded it to MS-DOS then cut the deal with IBM.
Talk about off topic
Posted 26 October 2012 - 05:12 PM
Keep in mind that Windows 8 and Windows RT are licensed to other hardware vendors (HP, Dell, etc). The success of Windows 8/Windows RT does not rest solely on the Surface, although that device looks very interesting (PC not tablet). For those of us that currently need both a tablet and laptop, the Surface Windows 8 (or HP, Dell competitor) might allow me to go with one device. The Windows 8 machines will run all the software currently available for Windows 7. This might not satisfy the aviation market (yet) but definitely is something to monitor. Many of the dedicated portable aviation GPS units run Windows CE under the covers and would not present a significant challenge to port to Windows RT. Time will tell.
For now, I'll probably upgrade to iPad 4th gen from my iPad 1 and wait for my firm to buy me an ultrathin Windows 8 machine in a year or so.
Posted 26 October 2012 - 07:20 PM
Posted 26 October 2012 - 10:59 PM
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Posted 27 October 2012 - 06:24 PM
MS won't be sitting on their hands when it comes to integrating their present Excel, Word, etc., The MS office suite is already available for RT. It remains to be seen what the market does.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:42 PM
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