Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 23:07 UTC, submitted by ronaldst
Windows This is the kind of news just tailor-made for OSNews. After 16 years of trusty service, the venerable Windows CE will be history as far as Microsoft's mobile operating system offering goes - the next major version of Windows Phone will use the NT kernel from Windows 8. As a heavy former Windows PocketPC Mobile CE Ultimate SP2 Edition user, this makes me sad. As a fan of the NT kernel, this makes me happy.
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RE: back to the future
by bassbeast on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 09:10 UTC in reply to "back to the future"
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Actually even farther back for us greybeards, as Dave Cutler originally envisioned WinNT to be a portable modular OS that could be run on whatever arch you desired. for those old enough to remember there was a MIPS and IIRC a Sparc as well as an Alpha WinNT.

The problem which MSFT is seemingly ignoring is NOT the OS, its the apps. Frankly they better have a different enough name for Win 8 Tablet edition or whatever to make sure the consumers know this is NOT Win x86 or you are gonna see these devices returned by the truckload. i should know because last Xmas a local retailer was selling "Windows tablets" which had an OS that looked like WinXP but said in the corner "Windows Compact Edition" but frankly nobody knew what that meant. he got so many returns he ended up having to stick a sticker over the Windows label and sell them as generic tablets for a loss.

MSFT better remember that for 20 years now Windows has been Windows has been Windows. thanks to backwards compatibility folks have been able to keep the vast majority of their favorite programs and when they find their favorite Windows programs won't actually run on windows they'll be taking that sucker back. it'll be great for us geeks though, imagine how many tablets we'll have at TouchPad firesale prices!

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