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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RE[2]: ARM on the desktop
by biffuz on Mon 5th Dec 2011 13:01 UTC in reply to "RE: ARM on the desktop"
biffuz
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That's not a desktop, it's a tablet with a desktop OS slapped on it. I can't think of anything worse.

And I don't want a desktop with a tablet OS slapped on it either. As 99% of the people who actually work on their desktops do.

But the point here isn't about "a" desktop OS, is about Windows/Office. No classic Windows/Office = no desktop market of any decent size (unless you're Apple). And even having it isn't enough to grant you success - think PowerPC, MIPS, Alpha, and Itanium. Today it may be a little different, but not _so_ much.

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