Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Feb 2013 18:27 UTC
Windows "Imagine a phone that could run real Remote Desktop. Real PowerShell. Anything that can run on your desktop PC. Imagine 'phablet' form factors, similar to today's Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which could dock to a desktop setup and utilize an external display, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals. Imagine a single set of APIs that work everywhere. Imagine that Phone isn't a whole separate platform, but an app. An app that runs on Windows. Real Windows. The Windows Phone team could never make that happen. But the Windows client team? You betcha. Make it happen, Microsoft. It's time to take the phone seriously." I have never agreed with Thurrot as much as I do right now.
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WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

Also, in what way is taking Windows wholesale and adding a Phone app to it, taking the mobile phone seriously? That sounds to me like completely giving up on mobile and claiming that the Windows desktop UI is the mother of all UIs that will work on anything, even a phone... if you throw in a phone app. Horribly backwards thinking that I thought the last 5 years had handedly disproved.


You don't have to run the same OS on both in order for both to run the same apps, as long as it has mostly the same internals. They wouldn't be 100% the same across the board, nor would they necessarily be 100% compatible. For example, a phone probably doesn't need to handle printers, DVD drives, scanners, etc, and I doubt anyone would want to run Visual Studio on it either.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

No shit, but that's not what Thurrot's proposing -- that's exactly what Apple has done (95% of the low-level internals, including the programming APIs, with customized apps and general UIs catered to the form factor.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Or, you can run the exact same OS on each device, with interfaces that are optimised for each screen. Afterall, that's exactly what Linux + KDE allows you to do via plasma (plasma-workspace, plasma-netbook, plasma-active).

Granted, you would need to update the UIs of the apps in order to make them switch between "mouse/keyboard" and "touch-optimised". But the OS doesn't have to be different for different devices.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Or, you can run the exact same OS on each device, with interfaces that are optimised for each screen. Afterall, that's exactly what Linux + KDE allows you to do via plasma (plasma-workspace, plasma-netbook, plasma-active).


Except that Linux is a kernel, not an OS. The Linux that runs on desktops is not the same Linux that runs on phones, even though they probably have most of the same internals. So that's more along the lines of what I was talking about ;)

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