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[2]: D'oh!
by marcp on Sun 12th Feb 2012 11:13 UTC in reply to "RE: D'oh!"
marcp
Member since:
2007-11-23

First of all, let me clarify we're talking about twoj things here, as you've mentioned yourself:
1) productivity machines - desktops/workstations, portable desktops
2) entertainment machines - portable gadgets like tablets, some dumbed-down netbooks

Now, we used to WORK on the first [productivity machines] on a NORMAL operating systems, usually dekstop operating system with regular windows, workspaces and means that enhance our productivity.
For some time we play on the gadgets like iPad [or TABLETS for that matter], sometimes we read books on such devices, usually for entertainment too.
We are not doing any serious work on the entertainment machines.
Now, the problem is that Microsoft is making its next GENERAL PURPOSE operating system available for both productivity and entertainment machines available with THE SAM, ENTERTAINMENT-MACHINE-LIKE UI.
This is not normal and it is certainly not good for people who use their computers mainly for work purposes.
I understand Microsoft would like to have a single software platform to rule them all, but they just don't seem to care about myriads of people who just want to make the work done on time on a normal interface.
They don't have time, money to train their staffs [jobs] this new UI, rewriting productivity software just to make it work on METRO, which is very limited by now.
Forcing this will make huge amount of irritation among MS customers/corporates. And that's the problem.

Just give people a valuable/productive/functioning alernative to Metro UI, that's all.
Otherwise it would be selling sport cars to everyone, regardless their real needs [trucks, vans, etc].

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RE[3]: D'oh!
by siride on Sun 12th Feb 2012 16:04 in reply to "RE[2]: D'oh!"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

I would agree with you except that on productivity machines, there will be the classic interface for productivity apps. My guess is that in the office, you'll hardly ever see Metro going because everything they use will need the classic workspace.

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RE[4]: D'oh!
by marcp on Mon 13th Feb 2012 16:32 in reply to "RE[3]: D'oh!"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

Well, we may *expect* this to happen [expect that corps will get classic UI with Windows 8] but the problem is that they probobly won't.
Classic app compatibility is quite misearble at this point, and MS is taking away some of the most classic features like START button.

I'd rather say corps will stay on Windows XP/7, which is far more reasonable for them.

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