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[2]: Comment by saso
by saso on Wed 9th Jan 2013 22:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by saso"
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For me, the potential for running the same apps on desktop and tablet (and hopefully phone in the future) holds a lot of appeal.

But you can't, can you? Save for a "handful" of brand new Metro apps, the vast bulk of Windows software doesn't run on both. Essentially, it's like saying that you're going to buy a computer now in the hopes that at some point in the future you hope somebody will develop something that will run on both your tablet and your PC.

Granted, I don't want to run things like Visual Studio, but I LOVE being able to get Facebook notifications via the built-in Messenger app on Windows 8.

This, so far, isn't an argument for Windows 8, it's just about a messaging and notification frame that doesn't suck. Android 4.2, for instance, already has that (you can respond to notifications, including responding to messages, directly from the notifications panel).

I wish I had this same functionality for all of my phone and tablet apps.

On Android 4.2 you do, for both phones and tablets.

For example, if I have a grocery list app on my phone, I don't have to worry about if it has an online sync component if I want to use it on my desktop - I just fire up the same app on the desktop, and save the list to Skydrive. As it is, if I want to be able to share data from apps between my Android phone/tablet and the desktop, I'm usually relegated to some shitty web app, that may require a browser extension or three just to make it usable. Granted, Metro apps are still in their infancy, but I hope it matures into a decent app ecosystem.

What does the UI have to do with app functionality? If you're developing an app for grocery lists that integrates across devices, you'd be crazy to tie it to some Windows-specific functionality (and automatically kill most of your market). Most all software is developed in two tiers here, a generic back-end, and a specific UI front-end. Metro only lowers the barriers for UI design, but it in no way eases the problems with data sharing.

As for running 'classic' desktop apps on a tablet, even if I COULD do this, would I really want to? I usually don't walk around with a keyboard and mouse in my back pocket ;)

Why would you be carrying those around? How about a wireless dock? I already have a 27'' Samsung "wireless dock" monitor with UWB. Get within a few feet of it with my laptop and it automatically hooks up my monitor, sound, USB ports with keyboard and mouse and network to it, no need to attach cables, or even take the machine out of the bag. Now imagine being able to do so with your tablet, or better yet, phone! Noo, clearly, why would anybody want to do that?

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