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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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.


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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