Everyone should read the article by Paul Thurrott called “Windows to Windows 8“.
It’s a pretty spot on analysis of what Windows 8 is and how we (and Microsoft) collectively got to this point.
There’s a quote that’s really cool and noteworthy.
The new OS we should be talking about here is Windows RT, not Windows 8. Although Microsoft positions Windows RT as simply the ARM-based variant of Windows 8, the situation is in fact reversed: Windows RT is Microsoft’s new mobile platform. And Windows 8 is the PC-based variant of that system, providing all the new stuff from RT along with backward compatibility so that the existing customer base can make the transition more easily. Put another way, Windows RT is a fresh start. Windows 8 simply bridges the old and the new. – emphasis mine.
That’s pretty profound.
Go read it.