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]: Born dead
by lindkvis on Mon 5th Dec 2011 13:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Born dead"
lindkvis
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2006-11-21

You are contradicting yourself without realising it.


That doesn't make sense. ARM was never going to run legacy apps anyway, so keeping the Desktop shell around never really made any sense to me.


Windows operates on a scale that dwarfs even Android. The Windows App Store would be the most monumental money making opportunity for any app developer on the planet. Bar none. The install base of Windows is over a billion. If even a percentage of those people update their existing PCs ... it'll overtake Android and iOS.


Windows Legacy operates on a scale that dwarfs even Android. Windows Metro does not. Obviously running Windows legacy applications is a massive feature and Windows Phone 7 shows exactly how dominating Microsoft is without their Legacy applications. Hint: not at all. Windows ARM thus has very little to offer anyone in momentum.

There's no way Windows 8 isn't going to completely dominate, given abysmal Android tablet sales, and OEMs looking for an iOS contender.


Android tablet sales are low, because currently there isn't great consumer demand for a tablet that isn't the iPad. That Windows 8 tablets are going to dominate because of poor Android sales is non sequitur. They are just as likely to become another also-ran.

You may not remember this, but Microsoft was actually in the tablet market before the iPad, and they failed abysmally. It was only when Apple entered the market with the iPad that people saw a tablet they were interested in, so even having legacy applications on a tablet is no guarantee to success.

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