Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:27 UTC
Windows As you may have seen, David's been taking care of OSNews for a few days because I'm quite busy with work. Still, there's one thing I'd like to talk about: the desktop mode in Windows 8. I wish I could've added this to the first impressions article, but I only arrived at this conclusion yesterday: desktop mode in Windows 8 is Microsoft's equivalent of Mac OS X's Classic mode.
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by Kalessin on Wed 7th Mar 2012 01:36 UTC
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May Metro die a quick death on the desktop. It may be great for tablets, but it's a huge step back for the desktop. I really hope that Microsoft gets some nasty backlash over it and stops trying to use it for desktop applications. The thought that Microsoft intends to switch everything over to Metro in the long run is truly horrifying.

It wouldn't surprise me if Windows 8 did more to help Apple than Microsoft as far as desktops go, but so many people just use Windows without even considering the alternatives, that it probably won't make enough of a dent to matter. Best case, people refuse to switch, and a large enough group of people insist on Windows 7 over 8 that Windows 8 is a complete flop. But with the number of people who just buy a computer and use whatever comes on it, I suspect that that's not all that likely outside of the corporate world. And they wouldn't be switching even if Windows 8 were made of pixie dust, since they hate upgrading, and many of them have barely upgraded to 7 (with many still on XP).

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