If he works at Microsoft, he'd be under non-disclosure. As for the update; not having more consistent roll-up updates was a big mistake in XP and Windows 7. Everything I've read indicates that Windows 9 is still on schedule for April 2015.
BTW, all that said, I think Microsoft is now changing version numbers too fast! The Visual Studio situation is especially annoying.
What's happening with Visual Studio is independent from Windows 8. The problem is that by changing the major release name costs money where incremental updates are typically free. One point of continuous updates is to avoid this (which also has a huge impact on resellers, who usually require that a vendor rebuy or "flush" the supply when then a major version number is changed.) The other point of updates is to make it easier to "patch" a system up to the latest version.
Windows 8 is NOT "the .net framework as an operating system". I don't know where you get your information. Windows 8 RT requires you write user applications in .NET, but .NET is not the operating system.
Having a Visual Studio 2012, 2013 and 2014 are about marketing, not engineering.
It seems you never had a question, but are simply arguing for the sake of hearing yourself. (And it seems to have not occurred to you that many of us are well read on the history and inner workings of Windows and know people, including the actual engineers, who work on it at Microsoft.)
I don't think Windows 8 was a paradigm shift. Metro didn't replace the desktop, rather metro was added as a way to create fullscreen touch-centric store apps. The desktop isn't going anywhere according to MS. I think the error in Win8 was pushing the metro environment too hard when it doesn't really have the ability to replace the desktop. Perhaps great for certain devices but not something for all use cases.
Your enthusiasm for metro is great, but I think you're just missing the fact that metro targets a fairly narrow set of devices/apps. There are many scenarios where a touch-centric fullscreen store app is a great thing. But this environment doesn't have what it takes to replace everything. This is why metro isn't a paradigm shift, its simply a new avenue for creating apps which do work well in that limited context.
Also, MS has confirmed the desktop is and will continue to be a key piece of the puzzle moving forward. So, no, the desktop isn't going anywhere and isn't for "old code", its for code which doesn't fit in the rather narrow definition of fullscreen touch-centric store apps
Additionally it sounds like they'll be bringing the start menu back and allow running store apps in a window on the desktop. So the desktop is actually getting new focus and emphasis moving forward.
Yes, the desktop is a key piece in Windows 8. The metro start screen with its store apps is sort of a parallel environment. They're both there and they fill unique roles. But to say that metro replaces desktop or that there's a shift from desktop TO metro misses the fact that metro doesn't do everything needed by desktop apps and provides a much more narrow focus.
If rumors are true, the desktop will be getting increased emphasis in Windows 9.
Your opinion on the paradigm that did happen means nothing.
You sound very defensive regarding your position. Why did you post in the lounge if you thought any other opinion had no meaning? I'm beginning to think I've been feeding the troll
The desktop is code based on 1960s technology, the only reason people love it is the fact is has history, its a dinosaur and we only have to wait for the world to catch up - it will be gone because it can not advance.
I've been using Windows since 3.1 and the desktop has advanced significantly since then. So I believe its incorrect to say that the desktop environment can not advance, since it has done just that. I get that you're enthusiastic for a new metro environment, the problem is just that the new environment doesn't do everything needed. Maybe someday something will be able to replace the desktop, but I think metro isn't it at least not in its current state. That doesn't mean it can't do a great job for what its designed for -- full screen touch-centric store apps. But its not really a replacement for the desktop.
The 16-bit segment selector in the segment register is interpreted as the most significant 16 bits of a linear 20-bit address, called a segment address.
This is in every 32 bit application, including the desktop, 64 bit models use a flat memory model, as long as the operating system has the desktop and compatibility for 32 bit apps it will have this offset problem.
The .net framework removed the problem in 2003 and is the paradigm shift I am referring to.
Windows 8 is the only modern OS without this problem, apple has it and so does android.
as long as the operating system has the desktop and compatibility for 32 bit apps it will have this offset problem.
Windows 8 is the only modern OS without this problem
Windows 8 has the desktop and compatibility for 32 bit code. Backwards compatibility with 32-bit code is a big part of the amd64 design and supported by 64-bit Windows including Windows 8.
Having said that, 64- vs. 32-bit and backwards compatibility for 32-bit is a very different discussion than what you started with, namely to indicate that metro somehow replaces desktop and desktop is only for "old code". Seems like two completely different topics
No, the desktop is not there solely for 32-bit support. The desktop will remain because the metro full-screen app store environment isn't sufficient to handle everything. Metro addresses a particular need but doesn't replace what the desktop environment provides.
Win8 pushed metro a bit too hard and I think MS realized that which is why in 8.1 you can choose to boot directly to the desktop (and skip the start screen). It also appears with Windows 9 certain profiles (like desktop/laptop machine) will be very desktop-centric.
And yes, you can create a 64-bit desktop application. 64-bit is not restricted to Metro apps
The desktop can not utilize 64 bits ever as the segment problem is in the heart of every programming language for the desktop.
I think you're confused wrt programming languages and 32- vs 64- bit. Which programming languages "for the desktop" are you referring to? You can write in C++, for example, and compile that to either 32- or 64-bit code. The language itself doesn't restrict you to one or the other. Additionally, you can use C++ to create desktop applications and metro store apps. So "programming language for the desktop" doesn't really make any sense.
I did not say the desktop could not have 64 bit apps.
I said that the desktop apps could not utilize the 64 bits, windows xp x64 edition, the best it could use was 54 bits.
32 bits can barely utilize 3.2 GB of RAM.
64 bits can handle billions of terabytes.
We have yet to have a machine that can handle over 200 GB of ram, and there isn't a desktop app in history that has been able to utilize even those 200 GB.
Just to keep the math simple.
if 3.2 GB is 32 bit then 6.4 GB is 33 bit, and
12.8 is 34 bit,
25.6 is 35 bit,
51.2 is 36 bit,
102.4 is 37 bit,
204.8 is 38 bit. <---- no desktop app has even gotten here.
The only benefit that the desktop has had from being 64 bit is being able to manage more then 3.2 GB of ram.
Yes, I recall reading this[^] article which discussed the limit in Win64 being 44 bits. So in 64-bit Windows you're not actually getting the full 64-bit address space. You are getting a LOT more than with 32-bits though
However, none of this has anything to do with desktop vs. metro which was the original discussion. For a given machine running 64-bit Windows 8, 64-bit code running as a desktop app or a metro windows store app will both be subject to the same limitations. The hardware/OS limitations apply equally to both.
1) You can build metro apps using native C++ code without going through the .net framework
2) You can use the .net framework to create either metro apps or desktop apps
3) Code using the .net framework is subject to the same Win64 address space limitations as any other process running on the machine
Whether you like it or not, the desktop isn't going anywhere
1) applications use metro and have to use these libraries, use whatever language you want
2) metro is the .net framework as an operating system (not limited by OS), .net framework is an add on to the desktop (limited by OS)
3) in windows 8 the desktop is an application of the metro memory address space.
If windows 9 has no desktop, I'll buy a Mac and register to iCodeProject...
I don't believe a second the desktop is going away! not now, not in the next 5-10 years.
The desktop is where the vast majority of business softwares run. Business is where Microsoft makes more than 55% of its income!
Unless Microsoft suddenly decides they want to die overnight there's not a chance they dump the desktop in the short to medium term!
Windows 8 was another Vista disaster, I doubt Windows 9 will be Vista 3.0!!
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. --- George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)
Those who fail to clear history are doomed to explain it. --- OriginalGriff (February 24, 1959 – ∞)
You are not the only person who knows someone who works at Microsoft or knows the history of operating systems. The fact is that Longhorn was the code name for the release that was scheduled between Whistler and Blackcomb. Whoever told you otherwise has no idea what they are talking about.
I do not care is zero caring, I could care less, would mean to say I have caring and the possibility of me to care less is there, but what I think you mean to say is I couldn't care less, which could mean zero caring but it is also a phrase with a reference to how I currently care about something, but when I say I don't care - the amount I care is clear.
What you are being is an idiot who refuses to see a joke when it smacks him squarely in the face.
Your initial comment ("I don't care if you purchase it", in case you've forgotten your ingenious reply) was so pointlessly rude that I didn't bother to reply to it, but instead made fun of the misuse of the word "could" in the incorrect statement of "I could care less", which is used only and exclusively by the set of Americans who are illiterate (do the venn diagram, if you wish to confirm this -- the illiterati in other English-speaking countries say "couldn't").
That joke was of far more value to the forum than your ill-mannered comment ("I don't care if you purchase it", in case you've forgotten it again), because it at least contained good humour, rather than snide arrogance.
If, as it seems to be the case, you wish to have an ill-natured argument with someone, take it elsewhere -- CP doesn't need that kind of behaviour, and I'll just take the piss, so you'll just get all indignant and bad-tempered to no purpose.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
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