Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 20:03 UTC
Windows For Microsoft, the traditional desktop is old news. It's on its way out, it's legacy, and the harder they claim the desktop has equal rights, the sillier it becomes. With companies, words are meaningless, it's actions that matter, and here Microsoft's actions tell the real story. The company has announced the product line-up for Visual Studio 11, and the free Express can no longer be used to create desktop applications. Message is clear.
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by contextfree on Wed 23rd May 2012 01:03 UTC
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While I agree that this is stupid, I still don't think it's a sign that the desktop will die in the future. It's just a sign that Microsoft (and really the industry in general, but especially Microsoft) is terrible at promoting the new shiny without (temporarily) taking all the oxygen away from its existing investments. We've seen this before when (including some non-Microsoft stuff that Microsoft and the industry were promoting)

* COM was going to kill Win32
* IE/HTML was going to kill native development
* Java was going to kill everything
* .NET was going to kill COM and Win32
* WPF/XAML was going to kill HTML
* HTML was going to kill XAML, .NET and Win32

yet all of those are (a) still around and (b) coexist without any of them killing each other. This will be the same, in a few years they will have another new baby, we will all get really sick of them trying to make us look at the new baby pictures 24/7, and Metro style apps will just be another boring "old" (but hopefully still alive and improving) thing just like the desktop is now.

Edited 2012-05-23 01:05 UTC

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