Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Mar 2012 22:21 UTC
Windows And thus, Microsoft bites itself in its behind with Metro. As you all surely know by now, the Metro environment in Windows 8, and its accompanying applications, need to follow a relatively strict set of rules and regulations, much like, say, applications on iOS. For one type of application, Metro has already proven to be too restrictive and limited: web browsers. Microsoft has had to define a separate application class [.docx] - aside from Metro and desktop applications - just to make third party web browsers possible for Windows 8.
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Microsoft may do some stupid things at times but I doubt they're going to throw their bread and butter (enterprise customers) under the bus with a idea such as Metro replacing the desktop long term given that it simply doesn't scale when it comes to large and complex applications such as Visual Studio or even Microsoft Office for that matter.

They have Windows 7 for that. It will be supported and sold to businesses for a long time to come.

But yes, the desktop is legacy. It will most likely be a removable and/or optional package once Windows 9 arrives. Metro isn't ready now - but this is a 1.0. It'll get better functionality over time, just like Mac OS X 10.0.

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