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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The difference is...
by malxau on Wed 7th Mar 2012 12:14 UTC
malxau
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2005-12-04

...Carbon.

In OS X there was a path forward for existing source code to be migrated to the new environment. In Metro, the input devices are different, the APIs are different, the environment is different. Existing source code would be much harder to migrate.

Whereas OS X lent itself to a "migration", Win8 lends itself towards parallel universes - some code will only be Metro, some code will never be Metro, and the user will be left having to interact with two environments.

For that reason, if the desktop is viewed as a "penalty box", that will be a very bad outcome for Win8.

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RE: The difference is...
by lucas_maximus on Wed 7th Mar 2012 13:31 in reply to "The difference is..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

In OS X there was a path forward for existing source code to be migrated to the new environment. In Metro, the input devices are different, the APIs are different, the environment is different. Existing source code would be much harder to migrate.


Depends a lot of APIs aren't massively different than .NET.

http://www.infoq.com/news/2011/09/WinRT-API

Edited 2012-03-07 13:32 UTC

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RE[2]: The difference is...
by n4cer on Wed 7th Mar 2012 20:16 in reply to "RE: The difference is..."
n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

"In OS X there was a path forward for existing source code to be migrated to the new environment. In Metro, the input devices are different, the APIs are different, the environment is different. Existing source code would be much harder to migrate.


Depends a lot of APIs aren't massively different than .NET.

http://www.infoq.com/news/2011/09/WinRT-API
"

Plus a subset of Win32 is supported for Metro-style apps, so you can have hybrid apps.

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