As a diehard PC geek and, by extension, a longtime Windows enthusiast, I'm feeling very optimistic for the future of the traditional Windows desktop because of two portentous events that occurred this week: the leak of an early build of the impending Windows 8.1 update 1
, and Satya Nadella's rise
to the CEO position at Microsoft.
The two aren't related at first glance. Heck, as the former head of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, Nadella didn't even work on Windows directly. But together, they signal that Microsoft may—may
—just tone down its audacious "One Windows to rule them all" scheme to embrace a more nuanced future—one that's still full of modern-style apps and user interface unification, but also a future that allows a PC to be a PC and a tablet to be a tablet.