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.)
Answer by DJ Scooby Doo · Nov 07, 2012 at 05:58 PM
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.
Answer by Griff · Nov 07, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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.)