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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Not Classic
by n4cer on Wed 7th Mar 2012 03:44 UTC
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Classic implies the Desktop is deprecated -- soon to be removed.

Microsoft has stated otherwise (I believe Jensen Harris' BUILD session was one such occasion).
Certain applications (e.g., AutoCad, Maya, Visual Studio, Photoshop [though to a lesser extent perhaps]) derive definite benefits from the Desktop, and will likely continue to be Desktop applications (though could have Metro variants).

More likely -- WinRT will grow to include a Desktop application model, fully replacing Win32 (but Win32 won't be removed for a long time [if ever] for compatibility's sake).

Also, the whole Metro vs Desktop is somewhat misleading since it's possible to create a Metro Desktop application (e.g., Zune). It was better when MS referred to Metro-styled apps as "Modern" at least when referring to the current, most visible, WinRT app type vs general Desktop applications. Maybe WinRTv1, since I fully expect WinRTvNext to include the Desktop.

It's also probable that Windows 8's Desktop gets a Metro theme by Release Candidate stage.

Edited 2012-03-07 03:45 UTC

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