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[2]: if they do so...
by lucas_maximus on Sun 4th Dec 2011 15:38 UTC in reply to "RE: if they do so..."
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If you actually watch the Windows 8 intro video and developer video. For a developer (especially those that come from a web based background), Windows 8 is bloody fantastic.

One can write my apps either in XAML and C# or HTML 5 and JS, which hook straight into the WinRT API. I think you can even style the GUI using CSS ... which is much easier than WinForms and Swing.

Windows 8 Preview is already pretty stable considering it is a tech preview.

However I would be sad if the Classic Desktop was removed completely, I have been dreaming of an ARM based netbook with Windows on since I saw the SoC demo near the beginning of the year.

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