Every time I mention the possibility that Microsoft might kill off the Windows desktop, I get pushback from IT admins, power users, developers, and anyone else who currently relies on complex desktop applications and can't imagine such a future. Folks, it's time to face reality. It isn't a question of whether this will ever happen. It's just a question of when.
The real reason the desktop is heading into oblivion—is in fact "dead platform walking"—is that it is no longer a vital, viable platform for legitimate developers. There is no example of a major new Win32 app from the past several years, whereas developers have embraced mobile apps and web apps en-masse. Microsoft wants a piece of that action, and it's not going to happen with the desktop.
Read the full article here: Windows Desktop Death | Windows 8 content from Windows IT ProIt's clear to me that Microsoft is quite eager to relegate the Windows desktop to the dustbin of history. It's equally clear to me that the company will not admit such a thing now.