Half a million copies of Windows 8 and probably greater than that by now—are officially in the wild, says Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft released a preview version of its upcoming tablet-angled Windows-rethink on Tuesday, also it appears like 500,000 copies leapt across the digi-sphere in much less than 24 hours.
Windows 8 appears like…well, not iOS, that’s for sure. It’s major interface trades neatly arranged grids of tiny icons for asymmetric stacks of orthogonal tiles (so yes, basically house windows cellphone 7 meets a tablet).
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“While it’s obvious we possess a extended method to go still with house windows 8, we’ve been gratified over the reactions as well as the interest,” said Ballmer at Microsoft’s construct conference (via Bloomberg).
That said, it appears like Microsoft’s battling misinformation about what the tablet version of its new operating technique will and won’t run. based on Information Week, Microsoft’s Stephen Sinofsky says that apps written for Intel x86-based house windows PCs won’t operate on ARM-processor-based house windows 8 tablets (Sinfosky’s the president of Microsoft’s house windows division).
“We’ve been very obvious provided that the very very first CES demos and forward that the ARM item won’t operate any x86 applications,” said Sinofsky yesterday, reframing comments he created on Tuesday, by which he implied the house windows 8 demos proven were “equally at home” on both x86 and ARM systems.
But while compiling completely different variations of identical apps probably wouldn’t be impossible, the issue (per Sinofsky) is that tablets and PCs are completely different animals, thus apps will require to acquire made to think about benefit of the pros (and mitigate the cons) of every platform.
Makes sense to us, although it feels like a step backwards toward the great ol’ house windows 95 vs. house windows NT days.
[UPDATE: It appears like Information 7 days obtained its wires crossed—a Microsoft spokesperson wrote to say as much, and to clarify: "When a developer writes a Metro style application, all of the tools are there to enable them in any of the languages that people help to automatically help ARM or x86. Essentially, if a developer produces an app using the Metro style application, it will work on both x86 and ARM."]