The Desktop in 8 is quite honestly probably the selling point of a WinRT tablet. apple may have the "must have" appeal to the ipad, but a WinRT tablet with the Desktop and Office 2013 has the "more bang for buck" appeal. When you shop on a tight tech budget, what wins? An interface will simple icons that just has more spacing with the icons from the phone variant or an interface that can be used to copy and paste files to a flash drive, I say the latter wins be over. The Desktop will be used a lot, but it will eventually leave. Maybe not Windows 9, maybe until 10 or the 11th version; but it's fairly inevitable.
It depends what you mean by the "Desktop".
If you are interested in managing your own files and creating content - you need a workspace to do that, some kind of file manager, and of course you need to be able to multitask in that space.
That is a Desktop.
It might change in appearance, the name might change too, but it is still a Desktop.
If you are only interested in consuming content - you don't need that.
I expect those who are calling for it's removal are content consumers.
@Cokie - the so called desktop in win8 rt looks pointless at the moment.
I don't see how that gives any advantage over what Apple is offereing.
Yes, the win8 Pro does offer something different from ipad - but it looks like it will be a completelty different price point and therefore competing with ultrabooks - not with ipad.
I understand the rewriting of any legacy programs in the new M$/Metro interface, whatever software it may be, will be a big undertaking. It will not happen overnight. I'm thinking a 2 to 3 year time period. We may think of the M$ store as their new means of a software retailing business. They are simply mimicking Apple, Google via Android, Walmart, Cosco, one's local grocery store, gift shop, etc. Nothing new -> One buys wholesale and sells retail for a capitol principal called profit. In this case on consignment. Let's see....We've been selling OSs for 30 some-odd years, so why don't we get into a software retail business just like others are? Dah! If M$ is accused of anything, it should be that they're slow in this department!
Also -> LQQk at all that money OEMs are making on hardware. Why don't we get into that business too?!! It's called capitalism. It's what generally makes the world go around. We all have the right to get into any business we so choose. God help us if the government or anyone takes that right away!
I think all this will lead to better, less complicated, and more efficient computing. If one wants to remain nostalgic and remain in the way things are performed now, that's one's choice. I for one, very much like and will go with the change.
I believe it was the first "Windows" GUI added to DOS.It depends what you mean by the "Desktop".
I believe once all software, which is being performed now, is rewritten and M$ works out the multi-monitor and multi-pane problem, the "Desktop" GUI will disappear. We will view it in the new GUI called Metro.
I think, it would have been a better solution if Windows 8 has a full-Metro and full-Desktop mode but either one can be disabled at will or have both of them running side by side but we know its too late for this now. Imagine, OEMs for Desktops, laptops and netbooks will have the Desktop as the default UI, complete with the Start button and Menu but still has the "new Windows UI" to be enabled as an option and tablets like the Surface will have the "new Windows UI" as Default to promote this new platform but still have the ability to run in full Desktop mode at will. If Surface was like that when I have enough money, I would choose that over any tablet any day and I swear that to God.
If you think OEMs make most of their money selling hardware, think again. They have started into the apps or cloud business as well, suggested by the ton of bloatware preinstalled on their machines, most of which only add up to the long list of Startup items that I would rather not use. I just had a new Asus Netbook, 2 weeks ago. It came with Windows 7 Starter bundled with a ton of bloatware (as expected). When I open the My Computer window, it has an Asus Web storage link in there. The netbook also came with a cloud-based OS from Asus as well that I might never use cause the places I spend my time don't have their Wifi connections for public use and are probably slow.