Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Sep 2012 21:15 UTC
Windows The Verge published a video demonstrating how desktop mode and Office 2013 - a desktop application - work on Windows RT, the ARM version of Windows 8. The video showed a desktop mode that clearly didn't work well for touch, and even Office 2013, which has a rudimentary touch mode built-in, didn't work properly either. It looked and felt clunky, often didn't respond properly, and even showed touch lag.
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RE: Comment by ephracis
by bassbeast on Sun 2nd Sep 2012 14:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by ephracis"
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+10 That is EXACTLY what they need to do, although I'd argue that it needs to be split in THREE, not two.

1.-Windows Pro X86-64, a light business oriented release without any extra bling but with full DirectX support, similar to how they did with Win2K. This would let businesses have a nice conservative desktop (also performance gamers would probably choose this) without any extra fluff, just "get out of my way and let me run my programs" basically.

2.- Windows Home X86-64, this would be your consumer oriented more "family friendly" version, with your prettier desktop, appstore, plenty of multimedia stuff, very home user friendly.

3.- Windows RT, the ARM "Metro" look designed around cell phones and tablets, lots of appstore focus, all touch, no desktop mode.

Sadly what we are getting those is MSFT throwing a "Hail Mary" by trying to force desktop users to use a touch UI in the hopes that if they "get used to it" at home they might buy a tablet with it. I don't think its gonna work unless Ballmer is willing to flush another billion by selling Surface tablets below cost, but that seems to be the plan.

Oh and I'd say Mr Holwerda is incorrect, desktop mode isn't "just" for Office as frankly most of the deep level system stuff like file explorer and notepad and paint and the deeper system tools frankly aren't touch UI useful either so they really have no choice but to hang onto desktop mode. Remember the first versions of Vista, and how many programs still had XP dialog boxes and icons? We are seeing the same thing here, another rushed out release with a LOT of the low level stuff not converted over to the UI.

Personally I think like Vista its gonna be another bomb, anybody who uses it for any length of time can feel how unfinished the whole thing is, but MSFT is getting curbstomped so badly in mobile they have to throw something out there to try to gain some share. What I think is gonna slaughter them is the carriers are royally p*ssed at MSFT for buying Skype and they aren't gonna allow WinRT units to get the subsidies like the others because Skype competes with their core business, gouging on minutes and SMS.

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