engine - 6:39 pm on Mar 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
Windows Blue has triggered a spate of doomsaying about the end of the Windows desktop.
Today there has been no shortage of articles claiming that Blue portends the end of Windows 8 desktop mode. Will Windows Blue Be The End Of The Desktop? [news.cnet.com]
Build 9364's (Windows Blue) tablet-centricism is so pervasive...the ability to modify Control Panel settings -- which previously required that users shift to the desktop side of the OS -- from within the Modern UI. Indeed, with a Modern-flavored File Manager rumored to be in the cards, Microsoft seems keen to translate many legacy activities to its new touch-centered world. The changes can certainly be justified in the name of convenience but they will also wean users off the more familiar Explorer environment by encouraging them to conduct more of their business in the tablet UI.
Here's Microsoft's announcement, "Looking Back and Springing Ahead" [blogs.technet.com]