Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th May 2011 21:50 UTC, submitted by fran
Windows The ARM version of Windows 8 might have just become the most desired version of Windows in our hearts and minds. After us talking about legacy code and backwards compatibility in Windows for years now, an Intel senior vice president, Renee James, has just stated that Windows 8 on ARM will not have any form of compatibility for legacy applications whatsoever. Update: Microsoft has responded to Intel's claims. "Intel's statements during yesterday's Intel Investor Meeting about Microsoft's plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading," the company said, "From the first demonstrations of Windows on SoC, we have been clear about our goals and have emphasized that we are at the technology demonstration stage. As such, we have no further details or information at this time."
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RE[3]: It makes sense
by WorknMan on Thu 19th May 2011 00:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It makes sense"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

I will be very happy if they will drop Win32 and MFC for good. They are ugly from a programming point of view.


Agreed, but for starters, it would mean MS would have to rewrite Office, Internet Explorer, and all of their other apps that haven't been converted yet in .NET. Ain't gonna happen. Shit, we just got a 64-bit Office last year.

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RE[4]: It makes sense
by twitterfire on Thu 19th May 2011 01:30 in reply to "RE[3]: It makes sense"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

"I will be very happy if they will drop Win32 and MFC for good. They are ugly from a programming point of view.


Agreed, but for starters, it would mean MS would have to rewrite Office, Internet Explorer, and all of their other apps that haven't been converted yet in .NET. Ain't gonna happen. Shit, we just got a 64-bit Office last year.
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Maybe a quick dirty hack using some win32 .NET bindings?

Sure they can rewrite all major apps in .NET. I don't think it would be harder to implement Office or IE in .NET than is to implement Visual Studio 2010.

After all, they put all their money on .NET.

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RE[5]: It makes sense
by WorknMan on Thu 19th May 2011 07:34 in reply to "RE[4]: It makes sense"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Sure they can rewrite all major apps in .NET. I don't think it would be harder to implement Office or IE in .NET than is to implement Visual Studio 2010.


IRIC, only parts of VS 2010 were converted over to .NET, such as the code editor. I don't think they rewrote the compilers and the entire UI.

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RE[5]: It makes sense
by werpu on Thu 19th May 2011 07:54 in reply to "RE[4]: It makes sense"
werpu Member since:
2006-01-18

"[q]I will be very happy if they will drop Win32 and MFC for good. They are ugly from a programming point of view.


Agreed, but for starters, it would mean MS would have to rewrite Office, Internet Explorer, and all of their other apps that haven't been converted yet in .NET. Ain't gonna happen. Shit, we just got a 64-bit Office last year.
"

Maybe a quick dirty hack using some win32 .NET bindings?

Sure they can rewrite all major apps in .NET. I don't think it would be harder to implement Office or IE in .NET than is to implement Visual Studio 2010.

After all, they put all their money on .NET. [/q]
It wont happen that everything will run 100% in .net. I personally think they will add a dual code bundle exe format in the next windows as well. So that they can bundle arm and intel code side by side, the same goes for the dll format. And they will add the compiler options in vstudio.
.Net itself will be a no brainer once the vm runs everything pure .net runs out of the box.

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RE[4]: It makes sense
by sukru on Thu 19th May 2011 12:50 in reply to "RE[3]: It makes sense"
sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

They actually have Office and IE running on this thing. There was a long feature on Edgadget, with a shot of the Office running as well:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/08/editorial-windows-on-arm-is-a-bi...

Thus they might be keeping some of Win32, or they might have already converted the application.

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