We believed Microsoft had no choice but to cut the “old desktop” from ARM versions of Windows 8, to provide only the “Metro” experience.
This seemed like an intelligent plan to adapt users to the future of Windows. Time has proven that the option to stick to the past is something that hurts more than helps platform evolution. There was a great opportunity for Microsoft here to start from scratch, no strings attached, its journey into the post-PC world. Developers would have to adapt their software and user experience in order to be supported. I truly believe this is a must for this new era: there must be sone kind of compromise in order to leave the past behind and move forward. The bolder your choices, the greater your strides are towards this future.
That seems like a missed opportunity with these news, though, as Microsoft has chosen to take baby steps instead of a quantum leap. What a pity, I say.