I never said it was. Why are you so touchy about what is and isn't a phone OS? I don't understand why WP can't join the club, especially considering your penchant for ARM. Four inches to forty, shouldn't that be the motto? For such a fan, why do you hate RT and WP so?
What makes RT not a phone OS and Win8Pro not a tablet one? Isn't that the trade for this do-over? Isn't that our advantage? Each format gives up a little, lets say bias in PGHammer lingo, to have the same 'stuff' across all.
Windows 8 Pro is a *superset OS* - it supports more than just tablets.
Nobody - not Dot, or myself, or anyone that has posted in favor of ModernUI - has attempted to pigeonhole ModernUI, let alone Windows 8 itself. That has been done entirely by the critics of ModernUI.
Do you realize, that by deliberately doing such pigeonholing, is that you are ALSO pigeonholing the rest of the Windows UI - the carryover from 7, in other words - as desktop-only?
Most of you know that Windows has deliberately resisted such pigeonholing - Windows NT, in fact, has thrown up the greatest such resistance.
Also, here's something that you may want to take a look at - every operating system that has STUCK to such pigeonholing - regardless of from which direction the pressure to pigeonhole becomes - has failed or become niche-bound.
Windows - and especially NT - has gotten to its position because it has resisted being pigeonholed. iOS has advanced beyond music players. Android has advanced beyond phones. In other words, Google and Apple are following the trend of - surprisingly - Windows in general, and NT in particular by NOT staying niche-bound. (You may be able to survive in a niche - however, you certainly don't thrive in one. In fact, look at OS X - unlike iOS, Apple has deliberately kept it inside the closed-OS niche - and it is costing OS X. OS X is surviving - however, thriving it is not.)
Further, x86 tablets exist - and they began before Windows 8 did. (Yes - Windows 8 created a drive for more such tablets - however, they predate it.) Then there are convertibles (such as Lenovo's Yoga series, ASUS' Transformer series, and Samsung's ATIV). They have features of both tablets and "conventional" portables - not exactly fitting into a traditional niche, do they? As hardware has adapted and changed, Windows in general, and NT in particular, has followed along with and embraced those changes - that is utterly beyond what any of us (including me) would have even dared consider.
I don't own a tablet - in fact, I have little interest in purchasing one. However, I have family and friends that have - and who is the "resident geek" that gets called upon when their tablet (regardless of what OS it is running) is having issues? Yes - me. That - in and of itself - means that sticking fingers in ears and trying to whistle up more oarspersons for the Royal Barge is not even close to being an option. That ALSO means that, regardless of what my personal feelings may be, I'd better be prepared to deal with the tablet onslaught. Being in IT means adapting to changes - even if the changes are not necessarily the ones we have hoped for. It means rolling with the flow and getting over it, and moving on.
I'm not asking that you necessarily LIKE the changes involved - some of the changes that ModernUI creates leave ME a little queasy, to be honest. (And such changes have not a thing to do with the Start menu, or the excision thereof.) However, being in denial is no more an option for you than it is for me - and if you CAN'T deal, for whatever reason, get out of IT and find yourself a new line of work. While change is not always how we'd like it, change is a constant.