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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RE[5]: This guy is off his rocker
by phoenix on Wed 13th Feb 2013 20:49 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: This guy is off his rocker"
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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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Except that they are the same. Not the same binaries, but built from the same sources.

The Linux kernel running on Android is built from the same source tree as the Linux kernel running on my desktop PC (although there may be extra patches added on).

The busybox userland running on Android is built from the same source tree as the busybox on my desktop PC.

The KDE environment on the Nexus 7 is built from the same source tree as the KDE environment on my desktop PC.

And so on.

You can run Ubuntu on a desktop, on a laptop, on a tablet, on a smartphone. Same software, built from the same source trees. There are other variants of Linux OSes that can do the same.

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