Stuff like this doesn't help either. Years ago you had access to the CPU itself with assemblers, other computers used BASIC and the Acorn BBC Micro/Electron had an assembler built in. Now you don't. Your operating system was on a ROM chip which booted instantly. Your CPU was an 8 bit 6502 or Z80 or a variant thereof. Most 1970/80/90's computers would give you this (quickly and easily):
10 FOR C=1 TO 10
20 PRINT C;" ";"Hello World"
30 NEXT C
1 Hello World
2 Hello World
3 Hello World
4 Hello World
5 Hello World
6 Hello World
7 Hello World
8 Hello World
9 Hello World
10 Hello World
As it stands now there is less and less incentive to code. Educationally speaking though, Raspberry PI and Python etc isn't Windows, nor will it prepare kids for future versions of it (if it is still the dominant OS in future). There's a lot of discussion going on and times change.
As a fellow Windows ecosystem user (Desktop insider, Surface, tablet & phone) it's nice to still see there are some still committed. I'm holding out a little longer with my Win 10 Mobile as I like it far better than alternatives from Apple (🤮) and Android hopeful that the rumoured Andromeda mobile device from MS might serve as a replacement to my 950. However, most things I can do via the browser on Mobile and PC so other than for my thermostat, apps aren't much of an issue. A trend to potentially solve the different platform language differences is PWA (Progressive Web Apps) backed by Google and Microsoft so there's chance it might come to something.
Back on the VM apps, if they only made all of the features available via the browser I'd be content. Although watching live is a nice to have, it consider it a total drop of the ball that with the introduction of the two new TV Go & TV Control apps and revamp of the online TV guide that you can no longer set up remote recordings on the TiVo from the web and can only do this from the iOS/Android Control apps 😦. Need to go hunting elsewhere on the forum to see if there's an answer but got distracted by this thread!
The silly thing is, the function to set recordings etc WAS THERE in a website accessible to PC's and laptops via a browser. But Virgin Media removed it? The work has already been done. No reason as yet given to why it was removed.
No that wouldn't work. The media to be played back is encrypted for security/anti-piracy reasons. You need to have software designed with this encryption in mind to play back the content in one go. Sky make an App called Sky Go Extra which allows down load and playback of prerecorded content but only from one of their own boxes and that App works with Windows devices such as tablets.
Virgins continual 'head in the sand' approach to Windows compatible App development will see them left behind by the competition. My contract is coming up for renewal soon but I'll be leaving for 'the competitions offerings' at least they make an effort to include customers with Windows tablets.
I suggest you write to Virgin Media explaining that you have a Windows tablet and that you want full App support. Please keep us updated with what the response says.
But it goes to show that those using the Windows platforms are not valued service users - all customers are supposed to be equal, just some are more equal than others. How would it be if the apps refused to work for ethnic minorities, or that they would only work for the political majority. Is it acceptable a sector of the customer base are refused the service offered to all??
Virgin are happy to take my hard earned money off me for using my Windows phone off me for using their network - come on provide me with a proper full service!!