Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Sep 2011 00:18 UTC
Windows In the article on Windows 8, I already mentioned that in order to demonstrate the viability of Metro for something other than Facebook and Twitter, Microsoft should come up with a Metro interface for Microsoft Office - one that doesn't leave out 90% of Office's features. Well, Microsoft has hinted that they are, indeed, working on Metro Office. In addition, it turns out Microsoft isn't entirely sure to how to address the issue if legacy applications on ARM.
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by th3rmite on Sat 17th Sep 2011 03:18 UTC
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2006-01-08

I imagine that .net applications will be able to be quickly recompiled on Windows ARM. I bet that is how they are going to do it.

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RE: .net
by invent00r on Sat 17th Sep 2011 07:39 in reply to ".net"
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Actually, the .NET applications will stay as they are.
There won't be any recompiles since they are stored as bytecode.

This is a big advantage to develop in .NET - your apps will continue to run on x86 while also being able to run on Windows 8 in the future.

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RE[2]: .net
by malxau on Sat 17th Sep 2011 18:38 in reply to "RE: .net"
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2005-12-04

Actually, the .NET applications will stay as they are.
There won't be any recompiles since they are stored as bytecode.

This is a big advantage to develop in .NET - your apps will continue to run on x86 while also being able to run on Windows 8 in the future.


There are different issues here. It's true that .NET bytecode can run on any processor architecture, but that doesn't mean MS is committing to supporting desktop-based WinForms apps on ARM. Obviously the system would be leaner and meaner on ARM with as many pieces removed as possible, which directly affects compatibility. An entire set of .NET VMs (for different versions) on a tablet is quite a load. As the article said, either not decided or not announced.

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RE[2]: .net
by kristoph on Sat 17th Sep 2011 19:53 in reply to "RE: .net"
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2006-01-01

It depends on what .net means to you.

The current crop of .net apps, just like everything else, are considered 'legacy' (apps which are considered 'legacy' can't be sold in the app store, can't carry the 'Ready for Windows 8' logo, won't be featured by Microsoft etc, won't work on platforms that don't have the Win32 stack, etc.)

You have to build to WinRT basically, irrespective of what language you use.

(I think the whole .net language is going away.)

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