Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th May 2012 23:26 UTC
Intel Intel CEO Paul Otellini on Windows 8 x86 and Windows 8 ARM: "We have the advantage of the incumbency, advantage of the legacy support. Not just in terms of applications but devices." Yes, because the lack of their favourite Windows applications was really a massive hurdle for Apple and its ill-fated iPad effort from a few years ago. Anyone remember that thing?
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RE: Re: the iPad dig
by cyrilleberger on Fri 11th May 2012 06:52 UTC in reply to "Re: the iPad dig"
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I don't think it's something you can dismiss with throwaway comment like that. The iPad, for all intents and purposes, was a new device and Apple wore that perception like a badge.

Also, when the netbook were launched, they were shipped with a Linux system, and the #1 complain was that users could not install their favourite application. So it is likely that if people buy a ARM desktop/laptop, they might expect to be able to install non-metro application. Especially since I doubt non-geek people will understand the difference between ARM and x86 (they might actually believe that ARM is like AMD, a cheap version of Intel).

Tablets are an entirely different class of product, so buyers did not have the expectation to be able to run classic applications on them.

Microsoft, on the other hand, is trying to extend the Windows brand to devices where there really is no logical connection.

There is the slight possibility that they are actually switching the brand from Windows to Metro. Which, unlike what most geek thinks, is not something that can happen overnight. Especially when you want to replace such a strong brand as "Windows", so for now, it is "Windows Metro", but I would not be surprised if for the next release it is just "Metro".

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