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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Would you?
by anarchisttomato on Mon 5th Dec 2011 11:19 UTC
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I'm wondering if Windows on ARM is going to be worth it for most consumers. The reason most of us use Windows is the legacy - we have a big backlog of software. On an ARM machine, it won't run anyway, so Windows would really be sold on its actual merits... and that's the scary bit for Microsoft! ;) People certainly don't buy Windows for interface or reliability... or cheapness, or... (I could go on).

In car terms, I guess it's a bit like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes competing in the same small car segment that Toyota, Honda, Mazda, and so on, all have down pat. A scaled-down Mercedes A-Class is expensive, unreliable, and not at all cool. Most of us will take the Japanese makes, and likewise, in the computing world, most of us will take Android or iOS in the small chip segment. I'll take Android.

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