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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Torbjorn Vik Lunde
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2009-09-04

Microsoft’s long term intent seems to be killing their classic WIMP environment in favor of Metro.

I still don’t get why they insist on having it all in one OS. While I prefer OS X myself, Windows 7 is an absolute excellent operating system. Why can’t it live along side Metro as a first class citizen? Maybe the future lives in touch, but I think there is still room to evolve and improve WIMP-based operating systems.

I also think Metro looks great, but makes absolutely no sense with a mouse and keyboard. The fact that Microsoft are jamming both into the same OS makes me think that Microsoft are hedging there bets, that they really don’t have the confidence to push both hard in their respective arenas.

Regardless of all this, I gotta say: Microsoft has been doing some seriously interesting stuff the last few years. They have really stepped their game up. It’s really fun to watch all these tech companies trying out all these interesting ideas in computing.

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