Here is hoping the next CEO hires the Jolla and Neo900(N900 based GTA04 mod OpenMoko upgrade system board) team and they get back to making amazing hardware with a great OS. Then I wake up...
This is about replacing the Microsoft CEO not Nokia CEO. As much as we talk about smartphones here Elops most criminal cut was Meltemi a featurephone OS aimed at low hardware.
If Elop does move back to Microsoft, Nokia would then need a replacement CEO, no?
Those features I mentioned will affect existing apps, not just apps to be newly released. Developers would like to test to make sure the new features don't interact poorly with existing apps.
Are the existing apps using the new APIs? Do they operate poorly in the Preview?
I don't think the apps call any APIs to trigger the new functionality, I believe the OS just does its thing assuming the apps will behave correctly. Considering part of the reason the original Metro split screen stuff was so limited was because Microsoft "guaranteed" that apps will only run 1/3, 2/3 or 3/3 of the screen, it's quite likely some apps won't behave correctly when resized to an arbitrary size. Running in the preview *should* be sufficient to test for this, but there's no guarantee the preview behaves exactly like RTM.
It doesn't really matter how it's done in the Android world, the point is that developers currently pay for MSDN subscriptions precisely to get access to Microsoft software for development purposes and now those perks are largely useless. It's a regression on a paid subscription, we have every right to be unhappy about it.
So it's less a matter of process - since in the Android world we do this all the time - and more a matter of regression of value in the paid subscription...well maybe it's time to cancel that subscription then.
With Microsoft cancelling TechNet and devaluing MSDN, I wouldn't be surprised if that starts happening soon.
Wherever you go...There you are. - Buckaroo Banzai