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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I'll pass....
by ferrels on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 19:56 UTC
ferrels
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If all that Windows 8 has to offer ARM and other tablets is the Metro interface and metro apps, then I'll pass. Metro is definitely not superior to what Android and iOS have to offer at this point. If Microsoft intends to push Windows 8 out the door without a traditional desktop or desktop apps for tablets, then I think it will backfire on them. They'll continue to be a third rate player in the tablet/mobile markets as they are now with Windows Phone, behind Android and iOS. The attraction to Windows 8 for most people is the promise of robust, tried and proven applications that we have on our desktops running on our tablets too. Without that, well, I see EPIC fail.

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