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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First of all, the Metro 'desktop' screen could be another shell, selectable by an option in the control panel. The desktop versions of Windows would come with the windows explorer as the default shell; the tablet version of windows would come with the 'Metro' screen as the default shell. The user could then change the shell, by the control panel option.

Secondly, the Metro shell or Windows Explorer shell should be available as an application too, runnable at the user's will. This would allow developers to test their Metro applications very easily, just by launching the Metro shell and then running the specific application.

Thirdly, Microsoft shouldn't deprecate Win32. There is a huge amount of software based on it, either directly using Win32 or indirectly through 3rd party applications. Win32 and Metro should run side-by-side, on top of a new graphical subsystem that can accommodate all needs.

Why shouldn't Microsoft deprecate Win32? why not develop WinRT further so that desktop and metro applications can be based up on it? why not allow traditional desktop applications be written using XAML for the front end and C++/C/C#/etc for the backend?

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