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Missing legacy mode will hurt ARM Windows 8 according to Intel

Intel CEO Paul Otellini is certainly feeling a bit of heat as ARM processor architecture is set to come into Intel's traditional market of notebooks running Windows and compete head-to-head. Intel has been unable to compete directly against ARM in the mobile market for smartphones and tablets due to the higher power consumption of Intel chips. That is changing, however, with Intel "Medfield"-based smartphones coming to market.
Otellini was addressing a group of investors at Intel's investor day this week and took the time to throw stones at ARM platforms running Windows RT.

"There's been a lot of debate that [Windows 8] is going to be a real entree for the ARM camp into Windows for the first time," said Otellini. "While at face value, that's true...[but] I think they have a big uphill fight."

During the meeting, Intel showed off a new ultrabook with a touchscreen that was running Windows 8. The demonstration showed how the machine could be changed between the new touch centric Metro mode and a classic mode with the keyboard and mouse for control called legacy mode.
"With one button you can get to legacy mode...this is critically important for CIOs who want to preserve all of their investments in software," he said. "We have the advantage of the incumbency, advantage of the legacy support. Not just in terms of applications but devices."
Otellini also said that Windows 8 on ARM lacks corporate enterprise readiness which will further limit it's appeal. 

Source: CNET

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By MindParadox on 5/14/2012 12:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
If one doesn't care about legacy apps, why would they even buy a Windows tablet? Why not get the other tablet that has hundreds of thousands of apps already?

oh, ability to link up with your home computer/laptop and sync seamlessly?

ability to attach to say, your Xbox 360 or windows phone?

ease of use since more than likely everything will be similar in controls and appearance?

not everyone wants to run a completely different UI/set of instructions/look on every device they own

Mind you, not everyone wants everything to be seamlessly integrated across multiple platforms either, cause hey, that's their choice, but me personally, I like to have the option to do so :)

And someone should really go through those "hundreds of thousands" of apps and remove from that count all but one language version of each app, and all but one "heres a different color background for this app, but we'll count is as a different app anyway" type things. Might still be in the hundreds of thousands, but you'd cut that number significantly at least :P

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