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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RE[4]: The difference is...
by malxau on Wed 7th Mar 2012 23:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: The difference is..."
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I am not a desktop developer, but I use ASP.NET and PHP on IIS ... Thanks though for clearing that up.

I think this makes my point nicely.

IIS isn't able to run in Metro. It can't - the environment is different, and IIS doesn't want to find itself killed or suspended randomly. The class of applications you're writing are permanently scoped to the non-Metro world, with no path into it.

So let's hope the "legacy" desktop isn't pure legacy, lest this (and all other server-side code) wouldn't be feasible to run on Windows. This is very different to OS 9 -> OS X where server code could be migrated, and native server code worked much better on OS X than it ever did on OS 9 due to the improved platform functionality. In time OS 9 could be removed wholesale. That's just not what's happening here.

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