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: Windows Mobile 8
by jal_ on Mon 5th Dec 2011 09:40 UTC in reply to "Windows Mobile 8"
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So basically...
if (ARM)
win8 = WM8;
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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