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  1. #11


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    The thing you have to realize is that for all intents and purposes, Microsoft considers the desktop to be "legacy". All development moving forward will be focused on Metro, since that is what allows cross-device compatibility (ARM, phones, etc..).

    They knew they couldn't just kill the legacy apps, but the whole point of Windows 8 is Metro, and even though 8 brings lots of other nice reasons to upgrade from Windows 7, Metro is what they consider the wave of the future. x86/64 based versions of windows will support legacy apps for a long time to come, but Metro is now considered the primary API.

    So in Microsoft's eyes, disabling Metro is effectively Disabling Windows 8. If you don't want Metro, then you should stay on Windows 7.

    Windows as we knew it is dead. Long live Windows. (more like in the Monty Python, Bring out your dead sort of way though)

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    The thing you have to realize is that for all intents and purposes, Microsoft considers the desktop to be "legacy". All development moving forward will be focused on Metro, since that is what allows cross-device compatibility (ARM, phones, etc..).

    They knew they couldn't just kill the legacy apps, but the whole point of Windows 8 is Metro, and even though 8 brings lots of other nice reasons to upgrade from Windows 7, Metro is what they consider the wave of the future. x86/64 based versions of windows will support legacy apps for a long time to come, but Metro is now considered the primary API.

    So in Microsoft's eyes, disabling Metro is effectively Disabling Windows 8. If you don't want Metro, then you should stay on Windows 7.

    Windows as we knew it is dead. Long live Windows. (more like in the Monty Python, Bring out your dead sort of way though)
    MS can only live to regret that descision... The entire professional industry will move to the Mac if that's the case.

    I Hope they can make a living selling a toy version of Windows for phones and tabs because if they kill the desktop, it's over for them...
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  3. #13


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    They could always just sell Office.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    MS can only live to regret that descision... The entire professional industry will move to the Mac if that's the case.
    I don't think you have thought that through.

    First, Apple is doing the exact same thing. They are merging their desktop and iOS systems. They introduced the Mac store just recently.

    Second, Mac's cost 50% more in most cases than the equivalent PC, and businesses aren't going to do that.

    Third, Apple refuses to license their OS to third parties, and apple has nowhere near the capacity to supply systems to the majority of business out there.

    Fourth, MacOS and iOS don't have the kind of corporate management systems that windows has, such as Group Policy.

    Fifth, apple has a long history of obsoleting equipment and applications very quickly. They don't much care about backwards compatibility for more than one or two releases. Now, granted that Microsoft is moving people towards metro, but they're keeping the legacy system for a long time to come, and Metro will probably be around for decades.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 7/8


    Oh I know all about apple....

    But if there is no longer a usable windows architecture, what else is there?

    Though Apple is sort of heading this way, they have not (yet) actually made the iOS UI the OS of their desktop machines... I doubt they would go that far. And for the same (sane) reasons, if they want to continue to sell desktops, they NEED the professional market. Otherwise there is no point in selling them at all.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro WMC, OS X Mavericks


    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Oh I know all about apple....

    But if there is no longer a usable windows architecture, what else is there?

    Though Apple is sort of heading this way, they have not (yet) actually made the iOS UI the OS of their desktop machines... I doubt they would go that far. And for the same (sane) reasons, if they want to continue to sell desktops, they NEED the professional market. Otherwise there is no point in selling them at all.
    O, I am sure, the classic Windows will stay with us for a long time.

    And for Apple, try Mountain Lion - there are a lot's of elements from iOS.
    It's only a matter of time when they will unite OS X and iOS.
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Indeed. For example, it's going to be hard to do software development under Metro.. at least for a long time to come. I also suspect apps like Photoshop will take a decade or more to move to Metro, though my guess is that Adobe will start experimenting with it, much like they have with iOS.

    However, it may be surprising how many apps can be moved to Metro with very little effort.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Apps may be moved to metro easy enough, but using them will be the problem. Without the ability to have more than one app visible at the same time, productivity is /severely/ curtailed. It's not a good environment to be working in at all. especially since Metro (as it is currently) Cannot even make use of multiple monitors
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I imagine that will be improved upon over time. You can have more than one app visible at the same time, but one app must be able to be snapped.
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  10. #20


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    Windows 7/8


    Heh it would have to be improved to the level of being a desktop again, I need like 8 programs snapped at least before I'll consider it a productive environment
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