Remember Steve Ballmer’s famous battle-cry of “Developers! Developers! Developers!”? Perhaps the folks over at Microsoft haven’t watched that video in recent times because the company is now facing the ire of a large portion of the very developer community that Ballmer once praised with heaps of exuberance and perspiration.
The reason for the frustrations of the Windows developer community is Microsoft’s decision to hold back the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) build of Windows 8.1, the latest update to the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, from developers and shipping it only to hardware manufacturers. In the past, RTM builds of Windows were released to developers and MSDN subscribers (along with manufacturers) well before the final version of the OS was made available for general consumption. In the case of Windows 8.1, though, Microsoft has stated that the developers will be getting the final version of the OS along with the general public on October 17.
Microsoft has said that it expects to make updates to Windows 8.1 right till the final version is released to the public and explained that was the reason for keeping the RTM build away from developers, since it was not the final build. Developers have shot back with complaints that they will be unable to test their apps and software to make sure they work properly when installed on the final version of Windows 8.1. Computerworld quotes Wes Miller, an analyst with research firm Directions on Microsoft, who underscored developer concerns, “It's all about the apps. You can't make 8.1 apps unless you have the final code."
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