Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Jan 2013 23:27 UTC
Windows So, a rudimentary jailbreak for Windows RT made its way onto the web these past few days. Open source applications were ported right away, and it was confirmed that Windows RT is the full Windows - it's exactly the same as regular Windows, except that it runs on ARM. Microsoft responded to the jailbreak as well.
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RE: Comment by saso
by HappyGod on Wed 9th Jan 2013 05:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by saso"
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But if you're not going to be running existing Windows software, what exactly is the selling point of Windows then? What's the added value of Metro apps over, say, Android, which has much more software available for it and is far less developer hostile (since it gives you lots more freedom on how to develop software for it).


Well, I can think of several reasons:

1. Firstly, and most importantly; Microsoft Office. Corporate users live and breathe MS Office. And, while the full office suite isn't available yet on RT, it will be, and that's going to be a huge draw for lots of people.

And no, OOo isn't a real substitute. You know it. I know it. Everybody knows it.

2. Microsoft is the only shop in town doing the whole same-experience-on-all-platforms thing. Whether you love or hate it, it's a point of differentiation.

Personally, after almost vomiting explosively when I first started using Win8 on the desktop, I'm slowly coming around.

3. Look and feel. The metro (or whatever it's called now) desktop is great on mobile devices. They have the best integration with social media, and it's a pleasure to use.

And no, I don't work for Microsoft! :-)

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