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Old 12-02-2011, 02:30 AM   #1
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ZDNet: Microsoft to drop Desktop App from Windows 8 ARM tablets?

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Back in September, there was controversy as to whether Microsoft planned to allow “Desktop” (non-Metro) apps to run on Windows 8 ARM-based tablets. But I was told they would, and, indeed, the Softies and partners showed off the Desktop app on ARM tablets at the Build conference.

However, if my Windows Weekly co-host Paul Thurrott is right, Microsoft has rethought that plan and is leaning toward cutting the Desktop from Windows 8 ARM tablets. That would mean only Metro-style apps would be supported on that platform.
I wonder now if MS is going to push two distinct strategies for tablets: ARM, Metro-only tablets for consumers, and x86 full Win8 tablets for enterprise (and power users).
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Obvious move, since existing Windows applications won't run on ARM tablets anyway. However this also means that W8 devices are not going to look very compelling compared to the existing Android tablets and the iPad.
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