Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:27 UTC
Windows As you may have seen, David's been taking care of OSNews for a few days because I'm quite busy with work. Still, there's one thing I'd like to talk about: the desktop mode in Windows 8. I wish I could've added this to the first impressions article, but I only arrived at this conclusion yesterday: desktop mode in Windows 8 is Microsoft's equivalent of Mac OS X's Classic mode.
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Not Classic
by n4cer on Wed 7th Mar 2012 03:44 UTC
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2005-07-06

Classic implies the Desktop is deprecated -- soon to be removed.

Microsoft has stated otherwise (I believe Jensen Harris' BUILD session was one such occasion).
Certain applications (e.g., AutoCad, Maya, Visual Studio, Photoshop [though to a lesser extent perhaps]) derive definite benefits from the Desktop, and will likely continue to be Desktop applications (though could have Metro variants).

More likely -- WinRT will grow to include a Desktop application model, fully replacing Win32 (but Win32 won't be removed for a long time [if ever] for compatibility's sake).

Also, the whole Metro vs Desktop is somewhat misleading since it's possible to create a Metro Desktop application (e.g., Zune). It was better when MS referred to Metro-styled apps as "Modern" at least when referring to the current, most visible, WinRT app type vs general Desktop applications. Maybe WinRTv1, since I fully expect WinRTvNext to include the Desktop.

It's also probable that Windows 8's Desktop gets a Metro theme by Release Candidate stage.

Edited 2012-03-07 03:45 UTC

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RE: Not Classic
by Morgan on Wed 7th Mar 2012 08:22 in reply to "Not Classic"
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2005-06-29

It's also probable that Windows 8's Desktop gets a Metro theme by Release Candidate stage.


The clues are already there with the squared corners on windows, the flatter (but still 3D) chrome, and the tweaked transitions. Pretty soon 3D window borders and shadows will fall to the wayside and we'll have what looks like Metacity from Gnome 2 with the Simplebox or Agata themes, if not a pure Openbox look (only brighter and bluer).

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