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: missed opportunity
by Moochman on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 20:41 UTC in reply to "missed opportunity"
Moochman
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2005-07-06

Just because it's missing the legacy Windows UI does not mean it won't let you hook up a mouse and keyboard. But honestly, when the option to interact directly is there I think it is more natural to do so--so the mouse wouldn't get nearly as much use anyway.

I actually think this is a great development. It means that the user experience for people using tablets will *actually be optimized for touch*. No more tiny widgets that you have to guess whether you hit with your finger or not. For most people who don't need some specialty programs that are available on x86, this is the way to go.

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RE[2]: missed opportunity
by Neolander on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 20:58 in reply to "RE: missed opportunity"
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2010-03-08

I actually think this is a great development. It means that the user experience for people using tablets will *actually be optimized for touch*. No more tiny widgets that you have to guess whether you hit with your finger or not. For most people who don't need some specialty programs that are available on x86, this is the way to go.

Well, the whole point of WinRT, if I get it right, is to introduce scalable UIs that work okay on both mouse and finger. Whether current Win8 pre-release achieve that goal is debatable, but it is certainly something worth trying.

If Microsoft reverted to a basic "touch-optimized" behaviour, as you suggest, then Windows 8 on ARM loses one potential great asset over its competitors, and becomes yet another boring tablet OS with oversized controls that are only suitable for content consumption. It then becomes dubious why people should try this new platform instead of well-established actors like iOS or Android.

Edited 2011-12-02 21:06 UTC

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RE[3]: missed opportunity
by Moochman on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 21:13 in reply to "RE[2]: missed opportunity"
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2005-07-06

Windows 8 on ARM loses one potential great asset over its competitors, and becomes yet another boring tablet OS with oversized controls that are only suitable for content consumption.


I disagree that "oversized controls" are only suitable for content consumption. For proof, just take a gander at the iPad versions of iWork, iMovie, GarageBand, and the plethora of other office and music production tools available for iPad. Just because iPad is marketed first and foremost as a content consumption tool doesn't mean that touch isn't perfectly capable of supporting content creation. Yes, in many cases a rethink of the UI is necessary, and yes, there will be many awkward experiments on the road to success, but I am highly skeptical that WIMP is "the one true way" and that touch is by definition crippled.

As for benefits over iOS and Android, see my comment below. Basically, Windows 8 will be the most open tablet development platform, with the most re-usable application code already out there, that has come to market so far.

Edited 2011-12-02 21:16 UTC

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