Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 21st Oct 2012 16:13 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows "I've been writing about Windows for almost 20 years, and I feel like I've kind of seen it all. But for the past several days, I've been struggling under the weight of the most brutal email onslaught I've ever endured over these two decades. And if my email is any indication, and I believe it is, the majority of people out there have absolutely no idea what Windows RT is. This is a problem." When even Paul Thurrot is worried, you can be sure it is, actually, a problem. We're going to see and hear about a lot of frustrated customer who can't load up their 1997 copy of Awesome Garden Designer 2.0 Deluxe.
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I'm going to cast some doubt on a couple of statements in Thurrott's article:

"Windows RT will not run any desktop applications beyond the applications that are bundled with the operating system."

I don't know if this is true (obviously non-bundled Metro apps are possible), but if bundled apps can access desktop mode and non-bundled apps can't, then this is a very peculiar lock-out decision from Microsoft. It effectively prevents any non-MS Intel Windows desktop software from being recompiled to work in RT's desktop mode. It does explain why Chrome and Firefox are rushing to produce a Metro version of their browsers I guess!

You could understand it if the Surface RT was the *only* hardware with Windows 8 that MS were going to make, but they're following it up with the Pro version that's Intel-based and won't be anywhere near as locked down as the RT. I suspect the lack of third-party apps and the launch of the Pro version of the Surface is going to kill Surface RT stone dead. And it looks like MS even got the price points horribly wrong with Surface (strange, considering that Windows 8 itself is actually sensibly priced).

"Windows RT is not a computer operating system."

Funny, I could have sworn it was. It might be a horribly locked down OS with hardly any apps (Playbook anyuone...ouch!), but it's surely a computer OS?

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