Microsoft to drop Desktop Mode from Windows 8 ARM tablets?
Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:13 AM
Microsoft is going to cut the Desktop mode from Windows 8 ARM tablets. That would mean only Metro-style apps would be supported on that platform, according to Paul Thurrott.
Mary-Jo Foley thinks it's the right thing to do if Microsoft and its partners want to position ARM-based Windows tablets as more of a true iPad competitor. Windows 8 is the first time Microsoft will have Windows running on ARM, so why not use that as a place to cut the cord and support only new "modern" apps on that platform? Even if Microsoft did go ahead with its plan to offer Desktop App on Windows 8 ARM tablets, it wouldn’t run existing Windows x86/x64 apps. Developers still were going to have to rewrite them.
[Source: Mary-Jo Foley]
Posted 05 December 2011 - 04:30 PM
Yup. Old apps never had a chance of working anyway.x86 apps still won't run on ARM anyway, even if Desktop Mode were to be kept.
So it will like a completely new OS where all the old apps will be incompatible.
Remember when Apple went from PPC processors to Intel processors? Same thing here. You will lose all prior apps at the cost of a hardware change. It's the same thing now. Microsoft is doing what Apple did.