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Just browsing through some older YouTube videos and I believe Microsoft may have gotten its inspiration for Windows 8 and its "split personality" -- or seeming to be running two operating systems at the same time -- from Chris himself!

He was the one who suggested that it would be the "most practical leap in terms of what was going to necessitate having more RAM in a system."

Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KT4n19RgIE&t=4m32sTo see what I am talking about ;-)

What does Chris think of his suggestion now that it may potentially become the 'norm' for home/desktop computing? (If people continue to use Windows, that is.)

asked Nov 07 '12 at 08:58

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Lilmix Pixelmaid

edited Nov 08 '12 at 18:13

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We ALL inspired Windows 8. In some retrospect, it's what the consumers want that shape what they make. It's false because some people will argue we use it anyway, like sheep. The point is we shaped Windows 8, just like we shaped 7 with people's bitching of how Vista sucked.

answered Nov 07 '12 at 15:58

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DJ Scooby Doo

In that video Chris was talking about Virtual Machines, which require memory to be dedicated ahead of time. Two virtual machines can't share their memory in this kind of set up.

Windows 8 is the result of Microsoft giving Windows a complete overhaul, but releasing it in an unfinished state. The Desktop side of Windows is there to house a bunch of legacy features that haven't worked their way over to the metro side yet. (This is blatantly true for Windows RT, which can't run anything on the Desktop side, except for the built in stuff.)

answered Nov 07 '12 at 10:44

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The reason it can't run anything is a lack of developer willingness, and possibly time, to port over their x86 apps to an ARM system.

You can't pin that on MS.

(Nov 07 '12 at 17:09) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

No, you can't install anything on the desktop side of WinRT, period. Even if you compile for ARM, Windows RT will only allow you to install apps on the Metro side. The Desktop is as is.

(Nov 07 '12 at 18:56) Griff Griff's gravatar image

hmm. Conflicting information then, I heard MS was planning to allow ARM compiled apps to be run on the desktop side so long as they were sold through the Windows Store. Nevermind then :)

(Nov 08 '12 at 18:18) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image
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