Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2012 00:09 UTC, submitted by moondevil
Windows As you all know, Windows 8 will be the first release of Windows NT which supports the ARM architecture. Microsoft hasn't been particularly forthcoming about this new Windows variant, but that's changing today. The company has posted a long and in-depth blog post about Windows 8 on ARM.
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I'm confused
by WorknMan on Fri 10th Feb 2012 00:58 UTC
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Ok, so you can't port existing x86 desktop applications to ARM ...

The single and sole method of getting applications on WOA is through the Windows Store, and only Metro applications are supported.

And the only way to get applications on WOA is through the app store, and the app store only supports Metro apps. So not only can you not port existing x86 apps, but you can't install any new ones?

Does that mean the only desktop applications you can run are the ones it came with? That being the case, why the hell did they even bother?

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RE: I'm confused
by orestes on Fri 10th Feb 2012 01:15 in reply to "I'm confused"
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Same reason Apple bothered with iOS and various other providers bother with Android. They want a share of the tablet market

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RE[2]: I'm confused
by WorknMan on Fri 10th Feb 2012 01:17 in reply to "RE: I'm confused"
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Same reason Apple bothered with iOS and various other providers bother with Android. They want a share of the tablet market.

No, I meant why did they bother porting the DESKTOP over, if you can't run any apps on it. Why not just do metro and be done with it?

Edited 2012-02-10 01:17 UTC

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RE: I'm confused
by bassbeast on Sun 12th Feb 2012 14:03 in reply to "I'm confused"
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Simple this is just another case of MSFT aping Apple and getting it all wrong and will be such a failwhale it will make MSFT Bob and WinME jokes a thing of the past, heck it'll make Vista look like Win95.

the way to know a thing is to truly understand it, so lets look at Windows and WinMO shall we? Why do people buy Windows? 1.-To run Windows programs and 2.-Its cheap, in fact as far as the consumer is concerned its free as part of the cost of the desktop/laptop.

Now lets look at WinMo, what is it? Its a failed attempt to stick the WinDesktop on phones, in fact most even had a start button and an XP/Vista look even though that didn't work with a cell phone controls schema.

So what is Win 8? its MSFT's answer to iOS only instead of actually learning from Apple and having a separate OS (OSX) for the desktop and an OS (iOS) designed for the ground up for the mobile devices they are run on MSFT in their infinite stupidity think that developers are retarded and that they can get them to write apps for WinPhone by saying "You can write apps for one and have BOTH desktop and mobile!" which of course is a lie as Metro "apps" will be about as deep as iOS fart apps while traditional desktop apps will be rich and have access to all the things that Win 8 ARM won't have like the well known APIs, full DirectX, better storage, etc.

So in the end you have a touchscreen UI (Win 8) that is gonna be shoved into an area where it simply doesn't belong because desktops/laptops/netbooks are NOT touch enabled and considering that a 17 inch touchscreen is $300+ and a 25 inch widescreen monitor is $140 isn't about to change between here and Oct, and the developers will simply stick with Android and iOS. Also without the Windows X86 lock in frankly win 8 ARM simply has no chance, it costs more than Android while not having the buzz and polish of iOS and worst of all the average consumer doesn't know ARM from a washing machine and will see these WinTabs and think "Hey my stuff will run on it!" and when they find out it don't will return them en masse.

As someone I was talking with described it the other day "Windows on ARM: The performance of ARM combined with the polish of first generation Microsoft products and the software support of NetBSD."

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