Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 20:03 UTC
Windows For Microsoft, the traditional desktop is old news. It's on its way out, it's legacy, and the harder they claim the desktop has equal rights, the sillier it becomes. With companies, words are meaningless, it's actions that matter, and here Microsoft's actions tell the real story. The company has announced the product line-up for Visual Studio 11, and the free Express can no longer be used to create desktop applications. Message is clear.
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RE[4]: "19th Century Dentist"
by l3v1 on Tue 22nd May 2012 11:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: "19th Century Dentist""
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CPU utilization is just one facet, there's stuff like utilizing the network which can prevent the PC from entering low power states for the network card which becomes a concern. Same thing with audio playback.

I think Metro, with OS managed background tasks (which have strict resource caps and policy imposed) are a great middle ground between battery efficiency and multitasking.

While I agree with your view, if I accept that the target demographic contains only regular content-consuming users, most of the time since Win8 appeared on the scene backers simply seem to ignore that a large number of Windows users are such developers (I mean devs writing complex software and algorithms, not webapp coders) for whom such a task management policy is neither comfortable nor useful. While currently this is not such a big problem, it could become a huge issue if the "classical" desktop eventually gets dropped in favor of walled-garden Metro-only apps.

Edited 2012-05-22 11:35 UTC

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RE[5]: "19th Century Dentist"
by Nelson on Tue 22nd May 2012 15:10 in reply to "RE[4]: "19th Century Dentist""
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I think by the time that bridge comes, we'll have more exotic thoughtfully designed background tasks to help ease the pain. Undoubtedly though, some redesign will have to happen, and often its for the better.

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