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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RE[3]: I'm confused
by kedwards on Fri 10th Feb 2012 01:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I'm confused"
kedwards
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2009-04-25

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?


Because Office 15 isn't written for Metro and needs the legacy desktop to run.

http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows8/screenshots-windows-8-...

Edited 2012-02-10 01:32 UTC

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RE[4]: I'm confused
by WorknMan on Fri 10th Feb 2012 02:03 in reply to "RE[3]: I'm confused"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Because Office 15 isn't written for Metro and needs the legacy desktop to run.


Oh good lord, so it's just to run Office? Why not port Office to Metro, instead of porting desktop Windows AND Office to ARM? Or if nothing else, don't they have a web version of Office available?

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RE[5]: I'm confused
by MollyC on Fri 10th Feb 2012 05:45 in reply to "RE[4]: I'm confused"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

They also wanted users to be able to use Windows Explorer and other utilities. And the desktop version of IE10 (which supports plugins like Flash; the Metro version of IE10 supports no plugins, relying purely on HTML5 for fancy stuff).

I look at it like this: They want Metro users to be able to drop down to a lower level where Windows Exploerer and whatnot can be run, just like today WIndows users can drop down to the command line to run certain utilities.

As for porting Office to Metro, the problem there is that WinRT only supports a subset of Win32. So a Metro version of Office would require a significant rewrite, that would take too long for the next release. Office 16 will probably be purely Metro, but there's not enough time to do it for Office 15.

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