Post Reply Arguments for and against a Windows 8 app
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Posted 9/10/13
Hi guys,

New to the forum and CR and saw a couple of closed posts for a windows 8 app and wondering why this isn't more of a discussion point.

When I signed up to CR recently I knew there was no windows 8 app, however that didn't stop CR from showing what looked like a win 8 app on a TV alongside an iPad and Android phone. I guess they wanted to show the posibility of multiple devices. So I thought everyone should list the arguments for and against a win 8 app so that CR can decide whether to dedicate the resources to making one.

My argument for is that I have a Home Theatre PC under my TV, a little mITX, not powerful but good enough to run HD and browse the net with. Being a HTPC I don't really use it to browse the net that much so I rely more on simplified apps such as Netflix. I used to download a ton of stuff on here and still have about 3tb of media however I am trying to move away from that and use more legitimate means of entertainment hence my Netflx account. My argument is, is the more access there is the more people will be willing to pay for a service and not resort to other means . CR is a great service and as anime become more licenced in the UK CR has a real potential money maker as long as they expand their access.

I understand that a lot of people don't like win 8 because of its more simplified nature, however this does open new possibilities for wider access on more devices and consequenlty money. At the end of the day win 8 is trying to give us more easier access to services.

What does everyone else think?
Posted 9/10/13
A lot of people in a sense just don't want to change over, yes windows 8 changes a lot but it also makes things simple, it is also more secure, that doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend security. As far as I have been using windows 8 for around a few months now and I have had little problems with windows 8, it is a user- friendly system that makes it so much easier as well as being more secure. People don't want to change over for their own reasons and some say it doesn't work or it's "too hard". I call them lazy because through a matter of a few days I was able to work with the system of windows 8.

I also think that being user friendly and more secure makes it a better system. I can still run things like steam which is good, regardless of whether I can play certain games or change my graphics driver but regardless of the small problems, I am enjoying this system and highly recommend this if you have been wanting to upgrade for various reasons. My reason for upgrading was because a) it was cheap to upgrade and b) I was putting my hope that upgrading would improve my computer as my computer had been recently crashing or going extremely slow if I had been playing cpu intensive games or many programs.
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Posted 9/10/13
As much as I dislike Win 8 because I feel it's a bad execution of a good idea that adds nothing to traditional desktop computing while taking some very good features away (like the traditional start menu) if the userbase of Windows 8 is big enough, a CR app for it would be good, imho.

I'd say it comes down to the cost/benefit ratio for Crunchyroll and its developers I guess. I don't run this site and I don't have the numbers and revenue / device usage statistics so I really couldn't say. It's a business decision I guess.
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Posted 9/10/13
I agree, some features have been removed for the sake of simplicity and that's why I still use win 7 on my main PC. However I would still like to have CR app on windows 8 just to make it easier than having to open the browser and go to the website, now that IS lazy

I think anyway there is a general dumbing down of operating systems to reach a larger audience and make peoples lives easier and quicker and not have to learn all the specifics of an operating system. Great for tablets however not so much for PCs maybe. When TVs get more like PCs and they are well on their way everything in the living room will be app orientated, maybe we will have to wait another 10 years before that happens though.
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Posted 9/10/13 , edited 9/10/13
I don't mind that there will be a Windows 8 app, the only thing I dislike about all of this is "Windows 8" xD
For those who use it, I don't care, I don't mind if they make the CrunchyRoll app for Windows 8 -.-
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Posted 9/10/13
I'm for a Modern UI Windows 8 app. It'll hopefully not use Adobe Flash but some sort of other streaming container like what the smartphone apps use. This will more likely be decoded by the dedicated hardware H.264 decoder in my GPU. For whatever reason, H.264 based Flash videos aren't being decoded by hardware and takes up more CPU resources. This results in less battery life for me.

I have a Windows 8 tablet instead of an Android or iOS one because there are enough times I want to run a full blown desktop app because there is no Android, iOS and Modern UI equivalent or as good yet (possibly never will for some apps I use). Since I have a tablet, a dedicated Modern UI app with touch gestures would be great. Flash videos aren't really touch friendly and I'd like a way to rewind and fast forward using finger swipes which might be easier to implement on an app.
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