Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 23:07 UTC, submitted by ronaldst
Windows This is the kind of news just tailor-made for OSNews. After 16 years of trusty service, the venerable Windows CE will be history as far as Microsoft's mobile operating system offering goes - the next major version of Windows Phone will use the NT kernel from Windows 8. As a heavy former Windows PocketPC Mobile CE Ultimate SP2 Edition user, this makes me sad. As a fan of the NT kernel, this makes me happy.
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RE[2]: back to the future
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 05:22 UTC in reply to "RE: back to the future"
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Maybe the kernel will be evolutionary, but the userland could be (but maybe not). A modern OS is more than just the kernel, and we haven't seen Windows Phone 8.

"Modern OS" these days seems to be a term for an OS which has had its GUI butchered and mutilated to work especially well with smaller touch screens (ie., phones, tablets), at the expense of traditional desktop users. In some of those cases, it works. In all of those cases where it works, it's running on one of those portable touchscreen-based systems (iOS, Android, etc.). In those cases where it's running on a traditional desktop computer (Ubuntu's Unity, GNOME 3, Windows 8), it fails... miserably.

Sure, being an OS designed for a phone, Windows Phone 8 should probably work out. But I'm not sure that I'd call it a "modern OS" just because, well hey--it's following the recent trend of going all touchscreen! Sure, it's something new, and modern in many ways (ie. the slimmed down and more modular nature of the kernel vs. its CE counterparts), but to me it just yet another OS. Only maybe it'll work better on its native devices (cell phones) than its big brother Windows 8 will work on its native systems (desktops, laptops, netbooks).

Edited 2012-02-03 05:34 UTC

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