Originally Posted by firepages
and thats what MS appear to be hoping about desktop computing ... just a fad
You're speaking as if the desktop has been removed completely! The desktop in all its glory is still a big part of the operating system. Microsoft has communicated that by saying that the next office will run in Desktop Mode
All that has changed here is you're adding another method of input into the mix -- touch. You speak as if every desktop PC user is a programmer, or an accountant, or a graphic designer. The fact is, an extremely large number of people use PCs as internet machines, bill payers, e-mail creators, and game players. These experiences are streamlined in Metro and present a very attractive UX.
For the coders, the desktop still exists. You have mouse, you have keyboard, you have everything you input with today (and more). Yes, the start menu is gone - but did you truly live in the start menu? Can you not pin applications to the Metro Start Menu the same as you did before?
I am sure Microsoft could outsource such a project if their programmers are having problems using VCC++ on their touchscreen tablets
This is an important point to remember. We (MSFT Engineers) are power users, coders, spreadsheet crunchers, and the like. Many of us (including me) have been using Windows 8 for months, and Microsoft has far from come crashing to a halt.