Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 18:41 UTC
Windows Windows 8 will have both the new Metro-style applications and user interface and the traditional Windows 7 desktop for legacy applications, which kind of runs like an application. Since legacy applications have to be recompiled to run on ARM anyway, it's always been a bit unclear if the ARM version of Windows 8 would include the legacy desktop at all - even Microsoft itself confirmed it wasn't sure yet. Microsoft bloggers Mary-Jo Foley and Paul Thurrot have fresh rumours that Microsoft has now made the decision to remove the legacy desktop from the ARM version.
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if they do so...
by churlish_Helmut on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 18:51 UTC
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Technically, this is a rational choice. I mean, this legacy desktop (i hate this word for it) is an System made for x86 PC - unless there is something like Rosetta for ARM Processors, there would no use in the ARM-legacy desktop.

But what are the push factors to use windows 8 on a tablet when it will be somehow a totally new desktop`? Most of the windows 8 Apps will be - i just guess - available for iOS or Andoid - because they have the bigger market. An PC Users will use the "legacy desktop" for the next 5 to 10 years (just a guess).

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