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Where is Microsoft Heading with Windows 8?

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    Where is Microsoft Heading with Windows 8?



    With the entire tech world buzzing about the Windows Developer Preview for Windows 8, everyone is wondering what Microsoft is exactly planning with the early versions of Windows 8. And then, even when someone has a valid idea of Microsoft’s strategy...
    Where is Microsoft Heading with Windows 8? | WindowsTalk.org

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    "Unfortunately, not all devices will be able to handle Windows “legacy” programs, despite the desktop app. Any devices running on ARM architecture (as opposed to x86) will only be able to support Metro apps."

    It seems Microsoft is getting lazy with programing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beta View Post


    It seems Microsoft is getting lazy with programing.
    Lazy or realistic? They're already biting off a fair bit - they still have to support it all. Adding another layer could potentially compromise quality in other areas.


    It could be also be part of the 'The PC is Dead' masterplan we keep hearing about
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmartEyeball View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Beta View Post

    It seems Microsoft is getting lazy with programing.
    Lazy or realistic? They're already biting off a fair bit - they still have to support it all. Adding another layer could potentially compromise quality in other areas.

    It could be also be part of the 'The PC is Dead' masterplan we keep hearing about
    I doubt it. It's working great on my PC. There is no "master plan."

    The last thing MS wants to do is kill off the PC.
    Promote the "cloud?" Perhaps.
    But they're still gonna need the PC even if we all have tablets, smartphones and/or slates as well.
    At least for the next five years anyway - maybe more.

    Chiropractors are gonna make a lot of money fixing the knees jerking under desks regarding all of the disinfomation and supposition floating around about Win8 - I think I should change professions.
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    I think the direction is pretty clear: They want to make money off the portable devices world. In addition it is obvious that the ARM processors will penetrate the PC market too. So they have to be prepared for that.

    Touchscreens in the PC world will propably remain the exception. In fact you can see tablets comeing out with proper keyboards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beta View Post
    "Unfortunately, not all devices will be able to handle Windows “legacy” programs, despite the desktop app. Any devices running on ARM architecture (as opposed to x86) will only be able to support Metro apps."

    It seems Microsoft is getting lazy with programing.
    Wasn't this debunked a few months back? My understanding was that someone at Intel said this, and MS said it was bullcrap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmartEyeball View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Beta View Post


    It seems Microsoft is getting lazy with programing.
    Lazy or realistic? They're already biting off a fair bit - they still have to support it all. Adding another layer could potentially compromise quality in other areas.


    It could be also be part of the 'The PC is Dead' masterplan we keep hearing about
    "Compromise Quality" that’s what I am saying! Have a quality OS would mean that they should be able to emulate pc architecture on an ARM chip. Wait there is another OS maker that does that... let me think... I think they are called Apple. That’s right. They allowed Power PC chip programs to run on Intel chips and the user never knew the difference. Please do not try to justify being lazy for Microsoft.
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    For a bit I thought that during the D9? conference when Microsoft first unveiled 8, they had a touch screen running Office 2010. Then I realized that it was connected to a desktop....

    It's not lazy programming, it's more a significant architecture change up for Windows. 32 bit programs can't run on ARM, they just can't. It's like trying to get a printer that only works in 64 bit Windows working on a 32 bit version. It just won't happen. And coding in a buffer layer to make it work is simply unrealistic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    It's not lazy programming, it's more a significant architecture change up for Windows.
    And isn't it this kind of change up that will keep them ahead of the competition? I mean, look at all the progress we've made towards a x64 only architecture... It wouldn't make much sense to stop now, would it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    It's not lazy programming, it's more a significant architecture change up for Windows.
    And isn't it this kind of change up that will keep them ahead of the competition? I mean, look at all the progress we've made towards a x64 only architecture... It wouldn't make much sense to stop now, would it?
    No, but the benefits of running tablets on ARM processors are much greater than running them on 32 bit processors. They need to go, 32 bit processors. Oh gosh! more than 10 years of running systems on 32 bit!
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