Find me a predefined region that's approximately 450k km^2 and you might have the answer.
California is one. The Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon) is another. So is the Dakotas (North Dakota and South Dakota). And there are plenty of other Sweden-sized tri-state areas.
EC2, Azure, whatever
A Windows laptop is less expensive than the cellular Internet subscription needed to connect a tablet to EC2 or Azure while away from home.
So the whole point is to avoid walking to the client's desk?
Perhaps the point is to avoid flying to the client's desk in another country.
Heck, Microsoft doesn't even have a compelling YouTube alternative!
whaa? videos.bing.com is a total pornucopia.
It's not the same thing. Bing Videos is a search engine, analogous to the Google Videos search engine. YouTube also offers hosting for videos uploaded by users. And in fact, for one random category I just viewed in Bing Videos two minutes ago, a large number of the videos were hosted on YouTube. Bing Videos is to Google Videos as what is to YouTube?
This was not true in the early days of Windows Phone. Developers had to pay $100 per device per year to unlock a Windows Phone 7 device for sideloading apps, the same policy that it had applied for XNA Creators Club on Xbox 360. When did Microsoft change this policy?
Trying to understand how Microsoft defines "exclusive":
MSFT will not allow a game on their device if it had an exclusive elsewhere.
Then how did any of the Xbox Live Arcade games, which were originally exclusive to proprietary arcade system boards, get released? Or are these all in the "too large to be intimidated by them" category?
80 columns is not enough.
My taste appears to differ from yours in this respect.
On a lot of things you can't run a compiler and its output.
Which makes "a lot of things" useless to people who need to run a compiler and its output. The iPad and Surface RT are among them.
I said "clients", which you wrongly inferred to mean getting them from the service provider.
I guess I made this mistake because WhatsApp has been fairly aggressive over the past week at blocking third-party clients, and I seem to remember that Snapchat "expressly prohibits" their use.
So what you're saying is that programmers need more than an iPad?
Agreed. And with programming classes becoming more widespread in high schools, a lot of parents will have to upgrade their kids from an iPad to at least a Raspberry Pi if not a full-scale PC.
I wouldn't want to program on a netbook either
This is where my taste differs. During freezing or wet weather, I ride public transit to and from work, and in my satchel I carry a 10" laptop on which to work on hobby programming projects.
Then why doesn't each 450,295 km^2 chunk of the USA have Swedish-class Internet?
Then what's the cheaper way to cross non-subscribers' private property to reach subscribers without tearing up roads?
Cloud services don't work for an offline iPad.
There's Instagram, Vine and Snapchat clients for Windows
...Phone. I visited with Windows 8.1 and got these:
- "Need an account? Download the app to sign up."
- Don't have an account? Download the app to sign up! That page's Windows button took me to the Windows Phone Store, which in turn gave me an error message "You need a Windows Phone with a linked Microsoft account before you can get apps from the Store."
- Blank black screen.
You can use the whatsapp web client on your device so long as you have the app on a smartphone to register.
From the Android download page: "Tablet devices are not supported". I have no smartphone. Is a smartphone still a luxury, or has it become a necessity?
And as I said you can run the Android apps in bluestacks.
Is BlueStacks based on Google Play or AOSP? Android distributions based on AOSP lack Google Play Store and thus cannot download Google Play Store-exclusive applications. In any case, it appears that BlueStacks is something that "everyone's gonna have to install" just as Flash Player and Java used to be; did I miss something in my assessment?
Laying that complaint at the iPad is like whining that you can't carry 4 people on the motorcycle you just purchased...
When you need to haul people, you can take the bus. What's the computing equivalent of public transit? And does it have the same drawback of not operating at night or on Sunday?