Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 18:41 UTC
Windows Windows 8 will have both the new Metro-style applications and user interface and the traditional Windows 7 desktop for legacy applications, which kind of runs like an application. Since legacy applications have to be recompiled to run on ARM anyway, it's always been a bit unclear if the ARM version of Windows 8 would include the legacy desktop at all - even Microsoft itself confirmed it wasn't sure yet. Microsoft bloggers Mary-Jo Foley and Paul Thurrot have fresh rumours that Microsoft has now made the decision to remove the legacy desktop from the ARM version.
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RE: Makes a lot of sense
by FunkyELF on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 19:34 UTC in reply to "Makes a lot of sense"
FunkyELF
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2006-07-26

It makes a lot of sense in terms of simplifying things for users. If the ARM version gave the option of the traditional windows OS, people (not us of course... but the general population) *might* be confused and try and install downloaded x86 version of software...

I'm assuming the install process would be through an app-store which would limit their choices to ARM applications, so there would be no confusion.


That sounds like an excuse you'd make if someone said "Quick, make an excuse" as opposed to an actual excuse.

That should be handled by the system manufacturers not Microsoft the same way Dell handled it when they were selling Ubuntu laptops. Let the idiots^H^H^H^H^H^H customers know that they might not be able to run TurboTax on it.

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RE[2]: Makes a lot of sense
by dizzey on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 09:54 in reply to "RE: Makes a lot of sense"
dizzey Member since:
2005-10-15

Actually i would think that it sounds reasonable.
Microsoft have learned the hard way that letting system manufacturers customise the desktop is bad.

For a while all the crap that the system manufacturers installed on the computers gave windows a really bad name.

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