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: Not necessarily bad but...
by Drumhellar on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 02:57 UTC in reply to "Not necessarily bad but..."
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

I wouldn't worry about it. Win32 was designed to be fairly platform-agnostic (Remember; NT was on multiple architectures in it's early days). Endianness shouldn't be an issue, as ARM is little-endian by default (Though, capable of big-endian operation).

Plus, there is always .NET.

I think the main issue hinges on whether or not Microsoft expects manufacturers to attempt ARM desktops. If they don't expect any, there's no reason to support the legacy desktop, as touch-driven apps will be all users will want/experience.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I think the main issue hinges on whether or not Microsoft expects manufacturers to attempt ARM desktops. If they don't expect any, there's no reason to support the legacy desktop, as touch-driven apps will be all users will want/experience.


This!

Completely agree. I personally would love a 12inch SoC Notebook running Windows and Visual Studio ... massive battery life and I could develop in the coffee shop (I have flexible working arrangements with my employer).

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