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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This is great news people, quit whining!
by Moochman on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 20:51 UTC
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Old, mouse-optimized apps and the legacy desktop on a tablet never made sense anyway. As countless reviews have already mentioned, the legacy desktop on top of Metro is an ugly hack that provides a disjointed experience, and above all, one that is not conducive to touch. I applaud Microsoft for embracing the future and ensuring a uniform, consistent user experience for tablet users with this move. They may still have some kinks to work out with multi-tasking and app tiling, but make no mistake--classic, manual window resizing and positioning, along with finicky, tiny hit targets that defy Fitt's law are finally being buried, after years of causing users more headaches than they were worth. Good riddance I say!

And btw, for those of you saying "this can't compete with Android/iOS"--you just don't get it. It doesn't matter that legacy Windows apps don't run. What matters is the ecosystem of developer tools that are capable of creating Windows apps. In most cases ARM versions of the most popular apps are just a recompile away. And not just for Microsoft's own development tools--we've also got Java/JavaFX, Qt, Gtk, XUL, Adobe Flex/AIR--everything you expect from a desktop machine. It's the most open tablet platform yet in terms of developer support, plus it's got a huge code base of existing apps which just need a few UI tweaks and a recompile to get them ARM/Touch ready. That's a huge, huge advantage.

P.S. As a bonus there's a built-in pen API, and applications that use it, way ahead of anything available on Android or iOS. This alone will mean massive sales in a number of important (albeit niche) markets.

Edited 2011-12-02 21:04 UTC

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