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]: ARM on the desktop
by biffuz on Mon 5th Dec 2011 13:01 UTC in reply to "RE: ARM on the desktop"
biffuz
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That's not a desktop, it's a tablet with a desktop OS slapped on it. I can't think of anything worse.

And I don't want a desktop with a tablet OS slapped on it either. As 99% of the people who actually work on their desktops do.

But the point here isn't about "a" desktop OS, is about Windows/Office. No classic Windows/Office = no desktop market of any decent size (unless you're Apple). And even having it isn't enough to grant you success - think PowerPC, MIPS, Alpha, and Itanium. Today it may be a little different, but not _so_ much.

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RE[3]: ARM on the desktop
by lemur2 on Mon 5th Dec 2011 13:56 in reply to "RE[2]: ARM on the desktop"
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2007-02-17

That's not a desktop, it's a tablet with a desktop OS slapped on it. I can't think of anything worse.

And I don't want a desktop with a tablet OS slapped on it either. As 99% of the people who actually work on their desktops do.


Plasma Active is not a desktop OS. Calligra Active is not a desktop Office suite. They both have desktop-level power and functionality but are used via a tablet GUI.

OTOH, Plasma desktop is a desktop OS. Calligra Office is a desktop Office suite. These are designed to be run using the classic mouse, keyboard & large screen desktop-style setup.

These things are achieved via a core application and having desktop and tablet variations on the final GUI. No other desktop system or Office Suite has equivalent flexibility and adaptability.

http://www.osnews.com/story/25226

But the point here isn't about "a" desktop OS, is about Windows/Office. No classic Windows/Office = no desktop market of any decent size (unless you're Apple). And even having it isn't enough to grant you success - think PowerPC, MIPS, Alpha, and Itanium. Today it may be a little different, but not _so_ much.


Meh. If your mindset is that there is no real alternative to Windows/Office as a desktop OS, then there isn't much that can help you. You are hopelessly locked in to a terrifyingly expensive and constraining experience for as long as you use computing devices, I'm afraid.

I am forever grateful that I am not as helpless as you in this regard.

Edited 2011-12-05 14:07 UTC

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RE[4]: ARM on the desktop
by biffuz on Mon 5th Dec 2011 15:53 in reply to "RE[3]: ARM on the desktop"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

[q]Meh. If your mindset is that there is no real alternative to Windows/Office as a desktop OS, then there isn't much that can help you. You are hopelessly locked in to a terrifyingly expensive and constraining experience for as long as you use computing devices, I'm afraid.

I am forever grateful that I am not as helpless as you in this regard.


Except that my main computer is a MacBook with LibreOffice.

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