I was really enthusiastic a few months ago with Windows8. The promise to have a converged OS for PC and Tablet working on both x86 and Arm architecture was really outstanding.
Now, back to earth, the reality is a bit disappointing. There will be two version of Windows launched this fall :
- Windows 8 for x86 architecture
- Windows RT for Arm architecture
Windows 8 will come with two UIs : the classic PC one and the MetroUI. Windows RT (standing for Real Time?) will have just the Metro UI.
Metro UI applications will run on both platforms but classic UI x86 applications will run only on Windows 8.
So we will have under our Christmas trees 2 kind of products :
- Tablets or Netbooks running Windows RT
- PC and “super” tablets running Windows 8
Let’s hope that Microsoft will communicate efficiently the difference between the 2 versions. Otherwise consumers will be disappointed and reject the whole Windows 2012 release like they did with Vista.