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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RE[4]: Bleh
by phoenix on Fri 9th Mar 2012 22:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Bleh"
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Oh, to be able to +1 a comment after posting in a thread. ;) You've pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Metro on the desktop is nothing more than an attempt to force development of Metro apps that can be used on the tablet versions of Windows 8.

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RE[5]: Bleh
by bassbeast on Sat 10th Mar 2012 00:25 in reply to "RE[4]: Bleh"
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Thanks but what really amazes me is that NOBODY seems to be catching onto this, or at least they aren't saying anything. both Google and Apple enjoy these huge app markets while WinMo has always been...meh, and ballmer finally figured out ITS THE APPS STUPID so instead of shelling out hundreds of millions to hire app development companies he thinks developers are so stupid they'll go "If I switch to Windows 8 development, why I can write just one app and cover everything herp derp!"

But lets cut through the BS and talk turkey, x86 and ARM are about as different as a Caddy and a Kia. ARM is power usage above all, their IPC is incredibly low when compared even to Bobcat or Atom, and the RAM and storage compared to desktops and laptops is like something out of 15 years ago. if you try to write anything more complex than a fart ap without optimizing for the platform it WILL suck hard simply because the two arches are as different as different can be, and that doesn't even figure in the fact that ARM is pretty much where PCs were in the early 80s, with everyone building their own proprietary take on the ARM formula while X86 has been backwards compatible for ages.

In the end the only ones that can't seem to see the freight train bearing down on MSFT is the reviewers and MSFT themselves. but I work for the common man, i build him computers and sell him services 6 days a week so if i don't listen then I don't eat. And after showing Metro to over 200 customers, folks like Suzy the checkout girl, Brian the backhoe operator, Ms Pipkin the sweet LOL, all of these diverse people had ONE thing in common..they HATED metro. not just dislike, but actual HATE, as in they almost found it offensive. for them it was counterintuitive, irritating, and without touch input frustrating. in fact the one question i got the most wasn't about some feature or tweak or even "what does it do"? like I got with 7, nope what I got was "But you can get something with Windows 7 if I need another one, right?"..that's just sad, and even worse than i got with Vista which they thought was pretty until they actually tried using it.

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