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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Windows Mobile 8
by thavith_osn on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 20:56 UTC
thavith_osn
Member since:
2005-07-11

So basically...
if (ARM)
win8 = WM8;
else
win8 = WM8 + Win7;

I must have missed something...

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RE: Windows Mobile 8
by kateline on Sun 4th Dec 2011 05:54 in reply to "Windows Mobile 8"
kateline Member since:
2011-05-19

I'm with you. Maybe it's because I haven't followed it that closely but it seems pretty confusing. Is MS just throwing out ideas to see how the public reacts and then predicating their strategy on the response?

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RE: Windows Mobile 8
by jal_ on Mon 5th Dec 2011 09:40 in reply to "Windows Mobile 8"
jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

So basically...
if (ARM)
win8 = WM8;
else
win8 = WM8 + Win7;

I must have missed something...


Is it that hard to get it? The whole legacy desktop stuff probably acounts for 25-50% of Windows code. That's bloat if you don't need it, since MS is clearly thinking ARM = tablet. Also, porting all that code to ARM may run into various problems, they don't want to deal with.

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