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  • Interesting Win8 PC form-factor from Acer

    , AndyC wrote

    *snip*

    Doesn't a future of dockable-tablets that then act as desktops when docked entirely justify the MS approach that the two things need to run the exact same OS? That they actually need to be the same thing?

    What does that have to do with touch on the desktop being commonplace? Sounds to me like you're trolling here Andy.

    *snip*

    NT was originally designed for RISC chips and has actually run on more RISC architectures over the years than it has CISC. The idea that it "isn't designed for it" is simply nonsensical.

    The first version of Windows NT was designed to run on CICS too so it goes both ways and there goes your point. The fact is that Microsoft dropped support for the ARM architectures long ago. Do you really think they kept ARM in mind when developing future version of Windows? How about the whole Longhorn/Vista debacle? Do you think as they were cramming the woefully late Vista out the door they said to themselves, "Hmmmm... we better build this thing so we can run on ARM again someday..." If that were the case we'd have seen complete ARM implementations of W8 long ago.

     

  • win8 gadgets?

    @magicalclick: I guess it depends on your definition of "dead". While Microsoft may not rip out support for gadgets I don't think they'll go out of their way to insure they continue to work or are easy to install from a third-party source (i.e. they may get flagged by smart filter or some other anti-malware/virus software as a potential threat).

    I wouldn't doubt that in W9 they'll be removed altogether just like the start orb in W8. Microsoft wants all eye on metro so they'll certainly not go out of their way on anything related to the desktop.

  • File management? Shove it!

    , AndyC wrote

    @kettch:Most of the path limits are essentially compiled into each and every Windows application. Fixing it has long proved a diificult, if not impossible step.

    I suspect Metro actually points to the real solution, completely abstract away the concept of a filesystem altogether (end users often find the concept quite confusing) and instead present the right kind of information and organization of data on an app by app basis.

    Siloing data on a per app basis isn't going to be enough for things like photos -- there's just too many files. We've all heard your arguments before about tags & search vs. folders but in the end it comes down to the OS and the apps that run on it providing good defaults for folders and/or tags and helping the user keep their files organized in some fashion. Shifting from folders to some other organization technique doesn't necessarily solve the problem.

    And for the record I disagree with you're presumption that re file systems that "end users often find the concept quite confusing". There are just as many who find it useful. Also there is still a file picker in metro that relies on the file system so it's not going away any time soon. IMO we need all of the above: apps and an OS that provide better assistance in organizing and finding data in both the file system and via tags & search without arbitrary limitations like file paths. I suspect Microsoft will ignore the latter problem rather than fix it because IMO that's their M.O. these days: chase the shiny rather than fix the problems.

  • win8 gadgets?

    Yes Microsoft killed gadgets to "encourage" people to build apps for metro:

    Looking for the Windows Live Gallery?       
    Because we want to focus on the exciting possibilities of the newest version of Windows, Microsoft no longer supports uploading new gadgets. But that doesn't mean you can't still get gadgets. The most popular and highest-rated gadgets are still available on this page.

    A thousand little cuts...

  • Interesting Win8 PC form-factor from Acer

    , wkempf wrote

    This is why Microsoft is pushing touch. I know the naysayers are very negative about it, but I think it's very likely that using touch on a desktop machine will be as common place as using a mouse within just a few years.

    No doubt touch will continue making a bigger presence in the near future but I disagree with both you and Sinofsky on the timeline of it being "common place". Corporate America isn't going to start swapping peoples' displays out en masse especially in these economic times. IMO it's more likely you'll see desktop upgrades to dockable tablets that you'll see more prevalent -- and that doesn't necessarily equate to a touchable desktop display when docked. My tablet works great as a desktop companion but I don't see my boss springing for some touch screen replacements for my current displays in order to make my life easier consuming these media metro apps.

    , AndyC wrote

    @felix9: Well even Acer put a few qualifications on that statement. Notably that they have no experience building ARM hardware (and thus may be making design decisions that have negative effects) and also that it only applies to 32-bit ARM kit. It's possible that other manufacturers will prefer to go straight to ARM-64.

    ARM has historically been known to put power consumption before performance. Maybe the simplest answer is the right answer: W8 on ARM will be slow because the Windows architecture was designed for CISC chips like Intel's (or maybe the more "fair" description is that Windows wasn't designed for performance constrained chips like ARM).

     

  • File management? Shove it!

    @DCMonkey: LOL! Your a Windows 8 master! So simple a monkey can do it! Any more exclamation marks and I think I'm gonna explode!

  • Windows 8 RP boot time

    @Charles: I don't think you'll find much in Josh's telemetry data except sweet, sweet, sarcasm.

  • To Infinity and Beyond

    , cbae wrote

    Visual Studio 2012 Binky Edition

    Now that's what I'm talking about!

  • To Infinity and Beyond

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    How would it be any different from now? Wink

    It's not. I just wish Microsoft could put out something that didn't make me cry. At least their offering a little baby bottle nipple now.

  • To Infinity and Beyond

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    Just spitballing here, but if you think of it as a side-boob shot, there could be something there. I can picture a triangular nipple attached to a triangular boob. Obviously, the proportions are a little out of whack, but...

    Oh, he means baby-bottle nipple.

    Perfect! I'm sure when I start using it I'll be crying "Whaaa! I want my momma!"